Taytu, 2018


Unique Artwork

Acrylic on canvas


CM H 150 W 150

IN H 59.06 W 59.06

Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist



Taytu, 2018

Tgis work was part of the artist's solo show titled "Flying with Angels" at the Addis Fine Art Project space in London in November 2018.
Nirit is a bold colourist, building up faceted figurative bodies through the application of near abstract flat forms. With a sharp understanding of the power adjacent colours impart upon one another, her figures pop from the canvas, with vivid dimensionality.

She explores her cultural heritage in her works, illustrating the everyday life of the Israeli Ethiopian community and finding inspiration in old Ethiopian sagas and folk tales remembered from her youth.

Nirit Takele

Nirit Takele, born in Ethiopia in 1985, immigrated to Israel in 1991 in “Operation Solomon” an Israeli military operation that transported more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 36 hours. Although she grew up with very few memories of her childhood in Ethiopia, Nirit has been painting from a very young age practising her skills by studying the works of artists like Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Riviera and David Hockney. In 2015, Takele graduated with honours from Shenkar College, receiving The Talia Sidi Prize. 

Nirit is a bold colourist, building up faceted figurative bodies through the application of near abstract flat forms. With a sharp understanding of the power adjacent colours impart upon one another, her figures pop from the canvas, with vivid dimensionality. She explores her cultural heritage in her works, illustrating the everyday life of the Israeli Ethiopian community and finding inspiration in old Ethiopian sagas and folk tales remembered from her youth. In collaboration with Serge Trioche’s Israeli art incubator Start Residency Program, Addis Fine Art hosted Nirit for a two-month residency in Addis Ababa. Her renewed encounter with the reality of her birth place has led Nirit to produce some of her most remarkable works. Inspired by the colours around her, she adopted a much brighter palette giving the exuberantly colourful works an enhanced vividness and depth.

Nirit presently works from her studio in Tel Aviv. Her works are included in prestigious public and private collections including the Israel Museum, START collection, and Shenkar C...

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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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