PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Tegene Kunbi

Tegene Kunbi

born in 1980 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Tegene creates compositions of different geometric shapes and colors, which express his perso- nal vision of his native landscape, fabrics, clothes, and wall paintings. Oil and textile combine to create surfaces of vibrant textures and layers of color.

 

Colour is a vocabulary I use to give voice to aspects of my cultural heritage. Each hue is a conversation with the next, producing a sense of harmony and tension. Tonality, density and the rectilinear grid are also an integral part of the work. Through this language I convey the dynamism and complexities within my personal experience and that of my community. The underlying structure of the paintings repeats across a large body of work. This warp and weft is intrinsic to that of the Ethiopian textiles used in religious ceremonies that are at once inspiration source and more recently a material within the works. This aesthetic framework is reinforced and challenged all at once throughout the painting process which in itself is a ritual and also fight to reclaim a form of spirituality.

-Tegene Kunbi

Tegene Kunbi completed a Painting and Art Education degree at the Fine Arts School at the University of Addis Abeba in 2004 and went on to teach at Kotebe College Academy. With the help of the prestigious DAAD scholarship, he left Ethiopia in 2008 to study at the Universität de Künste Berlin, where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts in 2011.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2022

Tegene Kunbi - Warp and Weft, Primo Marella Galellery, Lugano, CH
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

2020

Abstract//Figures, ArtGallé Amy Sow, Noua- kchott, Mauritania (with Saleh Lo) Studio Berlin, Berghain (with Boros foundation), Berlin, Germany

2019

Re:public, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Ke- nia (with Robel Tesmegen)

2017

Tegene Kunbi and Werner Pokorny, Galerie Gerken, Berlin, Germany

2014

Tegene Kunbi, Galerie Gerken, Berlin, Germany.

 

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2022

Dak’Art Biennale, Daakar, Senegal

2021

Heilandskirche Moabit, Berlin, Germany
From Modern to Contemporary, CF HILL (with Addis Fine Art Gallery), Stockholm, Sweden
Here History Began, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Materials and Things, Exit Frame Collective, Roubaix, France

2020

Summer Selections, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA
Planet B, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin, Germany

2019

PlanetArt, Kühlhaus, Berlin, Germany
Material Color, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA

2018

Contemporary Young Artists, Berlin, Germany
Dak’Art Biennale (subsection, curator Bonaventu-e Soh Bejeng Ndikung)
Senegal; Light Years, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA

2015

Tegene Kunbi and Alexander Bobkin, Alicia Winters Galería, Arnhem, Netherlands
Danjerus Cable, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA

2014

Melting Pot, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA

Tegene Kunbi - Red Patienten
Red Patienten
2022
Oil on canvas with textile
120 × 100 cm
Tegene Kunbi - Red Patienten
2022 - Oil on canvas with textile - 120 × 100 cm
Tegene Kunbi - Not yet titled
Not yet titled
2022
Oil on canvas with textile
220 × 200 cm
Tegene Kunbi - Not yet titled
2022 - Oil on canvas with textile - 220 × 200 cm
Tegene Kunbi - Not yet titled
Not yet titled
2022
Oil on canvas with textile
100 × 80 cm
Tegene Kunbi - Not yet titled
2022 - Oil on canvas with textile - 100 × 80 cm