Born in 1970 in Addis-Ababa, he completed his primary and secondary education in Ethiopia.
Ermias Ekube is an Eritrean painter, sculptor, engraver and poet, who currently lives and works in Västervik, Sweden. After completing his studies at the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design, he began experimenting with different techniques in painting and 3D work. Currently, he is focused on realist portraiture.
He is particularly interested in capturing the suffering and strength that certain African faces can express. His paintings, engravings and sculptures have been shown in several solo and group exhibitions, in Africa and Europe.
In 1994, he cofounded the Asmara School of Fine Arts in Eritrea, where he taught painting for a year. He continued his teaching career within the Asmara Teacher Training Institute from 1997 to 2000, and set up several workshops and classes for young artists, including a course devoted to engraving techniques. In 2011, he also assisted in the development of books for integrated-arts education for both primary and secondary schools. From 2007 to 2009, he participated, as founding member, in the Eritrean Film Rating Committee.
Photo Credit: Andreas Nilsson
Electricity is a Poetry of Science,
2015, Acrylic on linen canvas, collage 120 x 120 cm,
As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.
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