Abel Tilahun is an artist working across traditional and emerging art forms. At the heart of his work is a concern for both the cutting edge and the long arc of history. He brings classical training in drawing and sculpting into the digital realm, finding this synthesis to be a natural fit for his conceptual concerns, located at the interface between cultures and contexts.
Tilahun was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1983. He earned his BFA in Sculpture from Addis Ababa University’s Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in 2006 and his MA in Fine Art from Adams State University in 2010. Tilahun maintains a studio practice in Addis Ababa and Washington, DC where he teaches at American University as an adjunct professor in the School of Communication.
Tilahun has had three solo shows, the most recent of which, “Interface Effect,” was shown in spring of 2014 at Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa. Tilahun's work was also featured in the three-artist video art exhibition “Curvature of Events,” curated by Meskerem Assegued in Dresden's New Master's Gallery at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden from in winter of 2014/2015. Curvature of Events is on display at the National Museum of Ethiopia from November 13 - December 4, 2015.
Tilahun's artist talks include a July 2015 talk at the New York headquarters of International Curators International (ICI) and a November 2015 talk at the National Museum of Ethiopia.