By Abebe Zegeye
The work of Zerihun is exceptional, colourful and has an intoxicating spiritual dimension that defines it as unique. Abebe Zegeye, Primedia chair & Professor of Sociology at the University of South Africa, confirms this in the foreword where he states that Zerihun has a talent 'for transposing traditional motifs of Ethiopian Christianity - its legends, magical practices, belief in spirits and demons and 'evil eyes' - into contemporary art." As early as the late 60s and early 70s, Zerihun's name began to emerge in art circles. This period became known as the Renaissance Period of Ethiopian Art; Zerihun's mystical artworks became the epitome of this significant phase. Zerihun 's trademark is his "Magic Scroll" paintings, framed on pieces of wood from weavers' tools and strips of parchments he assembled, so that his artworks have been displayed in many museums.
Publication Date: 7/1/2008