BIOGRAPHY

WOSENE WORKE KOSROF       

Wosene Worke Kosrof was born in 1950, in the Arat Kilo district of Addis Ababa. He's a contemporary artist who has achieved international acclaim. He has created an internationally recognized artistic signature in his work by being the first contemporary Ethiopian-born artist to use the script forms - fiedel - of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures. He now lives and has his studio in Berkeley, California.                                                 

 

STUDIO ARTS EXPERIENCE: 

1972 - Present   Professional studio artist: painting and sculpture
2012 Artist-in-residence, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
2000 - 2001 Artist-in-residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
1996 Artist-in-residence/Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy
1984 Artist-in-residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA

 

COLLECTIONS:        

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC

National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT

Samuel P. Harn Museum, University of FL, Gainesville

Völkerkunde Museum, Zürich, Switzerland

Peter Gray Museum, Puerto Vallerta, Mexico

United Nations, New York, NY

Rockefeller Collection, New York, NY

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Zora Neale Hurston Museum, Orlando, FL

City of Addis Ababa Museum, Ethiopia

Bank of Hanover, Hanover, NH

Alza Corporation, Mountain View, CA

Tobias Management LLC, New York, NY

Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA

University of CA Medical Center, Davis, CA

Chikamori Hospital, Kochi, Japan

Howard University, Washington, DC

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, MD

* and many international private collections

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS (1980-PRESENT):

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY

Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT

National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Folkens Museum Etnografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

Mexican Heritage Museum, San Jose, CA

Skoto Gallery, New York, NY

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Loft Galeria, Puerta Vallarta, MX

Contemporary African Arts, New York, NY

Hoshigaoka Gallery, Kochi, Japan

Addis Art, Los Angeles, CA

Majlis Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA

St. George Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Parish Gallery, Washington, DC

Mason Murer Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA

Galeria Botello, San Juan, PR

The World Bank, Washington, DC

Howard University, Washington, DC

Guilford College Gallery of Art, Greensboro, NC

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

 

SELECTED TWO-PERSON AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Fowler Museum,, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA

Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

I.D.E.A. Museum, Mesa, AZ

Zweigmuseum Schloss Oettingen, Oettingen, Germany

Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT

Franz Bader, Washington, DC

John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Pan American Art Gallery, Dallas, TX

 

SELECTED EXHIBITION REVIEWS IN:

The New York Times

Washington Post

San Francisco Chronicle

Winston-Salem Journal

Philadelphia Tribune

San Jose Mercury News

El Nuevo Dia (San Juan, PR)

African Arts

NKA Journal of African Art

ArtWeek Magazine

 

AUCTIONS:

Phillips de Pury Company, New York

Arthouse Limited, Lago, Nigeria

 

SELECTED GUEST LECTURES/WORKSHOPS: 

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Guilford College Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Columbia College, Chicago, IL

UNESCO Symposium on Art Education, Newark, NJ

Painting used as poster for Biennial Poetry Festival,

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Hillsborough, NJ

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Clark University, Worcester, MA

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

Folkens Museum Etnografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy

Alliance Francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA

Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, CA

CA College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

African Studies Association Conference, Denver, CO

Vermont College, Montpelier, VT

Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Howard University, Washington, DC

 

EDUCATION: 

1980 MFA, painting and drawing, Howard University, Washington, DC;

Ford Foundation Talent Scholar

1972 BFA, painting, drawing, design, School of Fine Arts, Addis Ababa,

Ethiopia.  Graduated with distinction