Leikun Nahusenay. © Versant Sud.
Born in 1982
Lives & works in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Winner of Afrique Plurielle Versant Sud Residency in Marseille, France - 2018
Workshop residency; to date ’Art, Joy & Love’ – a yearly art project for children with special needs – initiated by the Embassy of Israel, Ethiopia - 2014
Collected by museums and foundations Fondation Blachère, Apt(France)
Presentation of the artist
Leikun Nahusenay was born in 1982 in Addis Ababa. While primarily identifying himself as a self-taught artist, he nonetheless completed his art degrees from the Ale School of Fine Arts (2006) and Teferi Mekonnen School (2011). His multidiscipline practice is based in Addis Ababa, where he works from the Nas Gedame studio.
For Nahusenay, the creation of a work of art comes from the mind and the heart. His works are born from pious meditations and are meditations themselves. His recent pastel drawings are concerned with the presence and absence of the spirit in humain body and its connections with the spiritual. He is graduated with woodcut graphics. He consider himself as a line artist. He creates line by line. Music is also a big part of his art. His series of pastel drawings titled Body vs Soul are concerned with models of bodies without faces. During his residency with Versant Sud in Marseille (France) in 2018 he created a tapestry inspired by his pastel drawings.
He is also a member of the Netsa Art Village and contributes to the growing Ethiopian art scene. His work has been shown at numerous exhibitions, including Addis Calling 2 Group Show, at Addis Fine Art (2016), Flying Spoons sculptural exhibition at Asni Gallery in Addis Ababa (2015), Draw Me A Castle at Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa and Paris (2011), Future Makers international group photo exhibition at the National Museum of Ethiopia and Goethe Institute (2012) and The Fine Line Between, Lela Gallery (2008). Recent solo exhibitions include Child Art 1, Lela Gallery, Addis Ababa (2011), Cartoon Relief Sculpture at Grazmach Tasse Cultural Centre and Trinity at Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa (2009). He took part in the fourth annual Photographer's Portfolio meeting at the Bamako Encounters Biennale.
Nationality : Ethiopia
In connection with
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
To date ’École D’art au Village’ – co-founder of a continuous art project with children from Ethiopia and France
Addis Ababa University, Ale School of Fine Art and Design
Design and build of a 3m high statue at Menilik II Senior Secondary School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Group exhibitions & fairs
Tapestry exhibition intitled MARKET I, "Filman (a)nt" - Fondation Blachère / Apt ( France )
End of Residence – an exhibiton of Leikun’s work made in France. Dos Mares, Marseille, France
Art Fair – mixed media – at Salon Zurcher Art Fair, New York, USA
’EDSA – Ethio-Danish Space Agency’ – art residence and installation exhibit – at Asni Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
’Addis Calling I’ – photography – at Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
’Future Makers’ – international group photo exhibition – at National Museum of Ethiopia and Goethe Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia