Creative of the week – Tewodros Bekele

February 16, 2022

Tewodros Bekele is a Visual Artist who turns plastic wastes into beautiful sculptures by recycling and molding plastic materials to create a whole new artwork. He was born in Addis Ababa in 1984 E.C (1993 G.C.) He lived in Hawassa before starting primary school at Tesfa Kokeb School in Addis Ababa. As a child, Tewodros discovered that he was highly interested in Art. He had the opportunity to join the Felege Hiwot Art Club at his school. In this Artistic journey, he started a two-year art training led by Sileshi Demissie, also known as Gash Abera Mola, an Ethiopian Musician, Artist who works on Environmental Care.

Tewodros completed his secondary education and had the chance to join the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University. Since his graduation in 2004, he has been working on different art projects, especially on installations. Tewodros Bekele works on particular art projects, especially on installations. He said, “Art is a medium to express and relieve his experiences and emotions, both conscious and unconscious.”

In 2012 E.C, Tewodros won the annual open call Fana Wogi for his installation work with recycled plastic bottles, demonstrating that artworks can use old pieces as elements. In contrast with plastic being a harmful waste material, Tewodros’s work shows that preserving waste materials can turn out to be great art pieces.

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