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(1962 – 2012), Eritrea

Ficre Ghebreyesus Biography

Ficre Ghebreyesus populates his works with intricate, highly personal experiences as a citizen of the world. Born in Eritrea during their War of Independence (1961–1991), he left as a teenage refugee to Sudan, Italy, and Germany, before finally settling in the United States where he studied at Yale School of Art. Ghebreyesus continued his lifelong activism for Eritrean independence alongside studying painting, printmaking, several languages, and working as the executive chef and co-owner of New Haven’s Caffé Adulis. Operating fluidly between abstraction and figuration, Ghebreyesus’ matte acrylic and oil paintings suggest the non-linear form of dreams, memories, and storytelling. Momentarily recognisable figures dissolve into colourful patterns: a school of fish becomes human bodies in transit or a boat emerges from brightly hued woven shapes echoing Eritrean textiles. His rebuke of borders and divisions seem to be distilled from his own optimistic embrace of an identity and home perpetually in flux.

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While Ghebreyesus turned down most opportunities to show during his short lifetime, recent posthumous exhibitions of his work include Ficre Ghebreyesus: City with a River Running Through at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, California and POLYCHROMASIA: Selected Paintings by Ficre Ghebreyesus at Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut. Writer and poet Elizabeth Alexander’s memoire, The Light of the World (2015), chronicles her husband Ghebreyesus’ life and work. Galerie Lelong began representing the Estate in 2019.

Ficre Ghebreyesus was born in Asmara, Eritrea, in 1962, and died in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2012.

Text courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. New York.

Ficre Ghebreyesus Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Ficre Ghebreyesus contemporary artwork painting
Ficre GhebreyesusUntitled, c. 2002–2007Acrylic on canvas
30.5 x 22.9 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled by Ficre Ghebreyesus contemporary artwork painting
Ficre GhebreyesusUntitled, 2011Acrylic on canvas
91.4 x 61 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Bird by Ficre Ghebreyesus contemporary artwork painting
Ficre GhebreyesusBird, c. 2011Acrylic on canvas
12.7 x 17.8 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Kite by Ficre Ghebreyesus contemporary artwork painting
Ficre GhebreyesusKite, c. 2002–2007Acrylic on canvas
17.8 x 12.7 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled by Ficre Ghebreyesus contemporary artwork painting
Ficre GhebreyesusUntitled, c. 2002–2007Acrylic on canvas
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
La Amistad by Ficre Ghebreyesus contemporary artwork painting
Ficre GhebreyesusLa Amistad, 2002Acrylic on canvas
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Untitled by Ficre Ghebreyesus contemporary artwork painting
Ficre GhebreyesusUntitled, c. 2002–2007Acrylic on canvas
55.9 x 71.1 cm
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Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Bent Tree by Ficre Ghebreyesus contemporary artwork painting
Ficre GhebreyesusBent Tree, 2011Acrylic on canvas
76.2 x 61 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery

Ficre Ghebreyesus Recent Exhibitions

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