The local art scene is growing at a steady pace with arts schools constantly producing artists who contribute to the already colorful profession. Although this has helped the sector expand and grow, the amount of painters venturing in the art world seem to have put a certain strain on one of the most important qualities of an artistic creativity.
These days, it is very rare to recognize the painter through his work. The works that are being produced seem very similar, as though one is copying from the other. That is why it is very refreshing to go see art works done by those from the 60’s.
Worku Goshu is one of those artists whose work is part of his identity. Just like people can recognize the works of Vincent van Gogh, Worku’s work is also recognizable by many Ethiopians.
His most recent exhibition opened at the National Museum Gallery on Saturday February 7 in the presence of the diplomatic community and the art community. The exhibition featured a generous number of Worku’s works dated different years.
Following his graduating from the School of Fine Arts in 1963, Worku moved to Poland and spent six years studying Art in the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. According to his biography, during his stay in Poland he almost entirely focused on Pure and Applied Graphic Art. While in Krakow, he also met his wife Barbara, a fellow painter.
After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Worku and Barbara returned to Ethiopia and started a joint career, producing works that have since been displayed in numerous national and international exhibitions and have been viewed by thousands.
According to Barbara’s biography, when she arrived in Ethiopia with her husband, she was particularly taken with the colorful stories of Ethiopia, the land of the queen of Sheba. Barbara responded passionately to the richness of Ethiopian civilization, immersing herself in the study of its art, culture and history. Both of the painter’s works are heavily influenced by Christianity; most of Worku’s work featured angles.
Currently, the pair have an art gallery where art collectors and art enthusiast alike can visit as well as purchase the artists works. The current exhibition at the National Museum Gallery is open to the public until February 23.