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Lulseged Retta showcases paintings at continental gathering

The renowned Ethiopian painter Lulseged Retta exhibited his paintings at the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) 20th Anniversary celebration recently held in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Present at the ACBF’s 20th anniversary celebrations’ closing that drew 500 high level participants from Africa and the rest of the world, Artist Lulseged delivered an inspirational message.

“The foundation wants to help Africa stand on its feet; to be able to reach our full potential in every aspect. Accordingly, Africa’s art also needs to be nurtured to stand on its own and my presentation highlighted Africa’s contemporary art contribution to the world and what needs to be done to sustain it,” said Artist Lulseged.

The artist also showcased his paintings to the celebrations’ participants. “I am deeply honored by the ACBF’s recognition and invitation extended to me by ACBF’s Executive Secretary Her Excellency Dr. Frannie Leautier and the rest of the foundation’s staff to take part in this high level conference where I enjoyed a tremendous opportunity to promote my homeland and continent’s arts,” added Artist Lulseged.

Lulseged Retta is among Ethiopia’s most highly respected, contemporary artists. Born in Addis Ababa in 1952, Artist Lulseged is a graduate of Addis Ababa University’s School of Fine Arts. In 1986, he achieved his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts with distinction from the Repine Academy of Arts in Leningrad in St. Petersburg. He runs a private studio in Addis Ababa.

Since 1982, Artist Lulseged has participated in many international and national exhibitions including in Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, France, China, Japan, Germany and the United States. But the artist says most of his recognition is a result of “the walls of Sheraton Addis Hotel” that display his paintings.

It was on 8th February, 2011, the ACBF launched the celebrations that marked 20 years of its work in capacity development in Africa. On the same day in 2011, ACBF celebrated 20 years since its establishment in 1991.  The launch ceremony first held in Harare, Zimbabwe, came to a close earlier this month.

Throughout the past year, the foundation hosted a series of events where people shared their knowledge and experience about development in Africa. The  events followed the high level forums conducted in Harare, Accra, Tunis and Paris.