Black oil, 2019

Unique Artwork


Acrylic on linen
116 x 89 cm

CM H 116 W 89

IN H 45.67 W 35.04

Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist

Black oil, 2019

Daniela Yohannes’ rich and layered works are full of complex narratives and symbolism. They transport the viewer to an alternative universe where life and human nature are in a constant dialogue in search of a better world.

The dark, unclothed figures, stripped of their social context, are juxtaposed against the black and richly coloured backgrounds hinting at the possibilities of an alternative universe.  The artist invites the viewer to question not only the identity and social context of the painted figures, but also their own identity and position in society, re-imagine the predetermined terms of their existence.

Yohannes’ works are at once a personal journey through the discovery of identity, and a journey in redefining the politics of race. “The Fall: A Woman’s Descent into the Unconscious” also explores the emotional power of the artist’s dreams and unconscious. Dreams are a fascination for her. Their emotional power drawing her to investigate their metaphors and language. They are a way to confront and embrace the riches of emotions - from fears and anxiety to desire and euphoria. At the same time, the series is an examination of the artist’s experience as a black woman.

Daniela Yohannes

Daniela Yohannes was born in 1982 to Ethiopian and Eritrean parents, raised in London and currently lives in the Caribbean. Her journey as an artist has been unconventional, trained as an illustrator her path meandered through disciplines before leading her to her current place of focus and purpose.

Since moving to the Caribbean two years ago, her surroundings have found their way into her creations, spiritually and aesthetically. She describes her inspiration as that of the invisible; the forces and concepts that drive and surround us: unseen but constantly at work on our bodies and minds. Her paintings are witness to the expression of nature; explorations of the intimate experiences that are shared only with the elements: earth, air, water, and magic. She confronts themes of consciousness, race and ancestry, the ethereal nature of the cosmos and the plurality of the individual.

Yohannes, was raised in London and currently lives in Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. She has had two international solo exhibitions, The Fall: A Woman’s Descent into the Unconscious, Addis Fine Art Project Space, London, UK (2019), and Beyond Voudou, The Pikture Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2010). She has also participated in a number of group shows, exhibiting in cities across the world including Influence Project, Real Music Rebels East Wing Takeover, Somerset House, London (2018), House of Wahala Project, Texas, USA (2017), Untitled Black British Art, Latham Watkins, London, UK (2016), AfrikBytes Exhibition, Afreaka Festiva, São Paulo, B...

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Addis Fine Art

Founded in 2016 by Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul, Addis Fine Art is a pioneering gallery based in Addis Ababa and London. Listed as one of the "Most Important Galleries in the World" (Artsy 2019), it is the very first local white cube space and international platform based in Ethiopia. The gallery focuses on highlighting modern and contemporary fine art from the Horn of Africa region and its Diasporas.

January 2016 saw the opening of the gallery's main space in the heart of Addis Ababa, showing a diverse set of modern and contemporary artists. In October 2016, the AFA Project Space was opened in London to expand the international programme centered around the Diaspora voices. In Spring of 2020, the London gallery will move to a permanent office space and full programme in Cromwell Place, a first-of-its-kind exhibition space in Kensington, London.

In it's short history, Addis Fine Art has become one of the leading galleries from Africa, facilitating critical engagement with the local and mainstream art markets, championing an underrepresented, yet rich space in modern and contemporary fine art.

Addis Fine Art Gallery
3rd Floor Woldfiker Building
Bole Medhane Alem, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Monday - Saturday // 10am-1pm & 2-6pm
Tel: +251 980 635 696

Addis Fine Art London
1 - 5 Cromwell Place
South Kensington, London SW7 2JE
*Opening Spring 2020
Tel: +44 203 488 0822

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