Ermias Kifleyesus attended the Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design where he was taught by the influential painter Tadesse Mesfin. As a multidisciplinary artist, Kifleyesus uses a plethora of artistic techniques and media, ranging from large-scale paper collages, mixed-media canvas pieces, and fresco-style murals, to video installations and intricate metal sculptures. By creating and deconstructing images, he allows us to investigate important questions about the human condition and the larger complexities of the world that occupy him.
Kifleyesus has had several solo shows in Belgium, including Grapes Darken by Looking at Each Other, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels (2018), Changing World you are my Anchor, 2M3, Brussels (2017), About People, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels (2016), Humidity and the Mystery of Traces, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels (2014). He has also participated in a number of group shows, exhibited across Europe and Africa: Soft? Tactile Dialogues, MoMu, Antwerp (2018), Dak’art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2018), amongst others.