W. KOSROF_01_Wosene Worke Kosrof_www.artbusiness.com

Do you ever have a moment when you think about what would become of you if rebirth and reincarnation were doctrines we all live by?  Today I stumbled upon the works of Wosene Worke Kosrof and his beautiful works of art made me wish to be reborn with his skills.

Wosene uses the Ge’ez (Amharic) alphabet as the main element of his “word-play” art works. And it’s amazing how the alphabets and words transcend their everday function to be transformed into contemporary fine art. What an inspiration it is, to look at his bold and visually stimulating pieces! I learned from his recent interview by The Reporter, he’s getting ready for a grand exhibition at the National Theatre in Addis Ababa. Below are a few quotes from the interview and also selected images of his art works. Enjoy!


Life goes on like a circle which is punctuated by sadness, happiness and sorrow. That is where the power of words becomes apparent in the healing or in curing process, they play the main role in making us human being…

Words are like human beings to me. For more than four decades we lived together, sometimes we love each other, sometimes we hate each other. We have a relationship like human beings, sometimes they make me angry because I try to get their voices like I do it with other people…

Sometimes ignorance seems peaceful but it is a very dangerous thing. We should offer the youth the schooling they need starting from their foundation. It’s good to know about a Kenyan painter or a Tanzanian weaver, we are connected in many ways…

When I do things the priority is my country. I am doing this by myself and it is a long path. Sometimes this makes you depressed and sad,

Art has many uses – to live in harmony, to know about our roots and identity – and I am a captive of those alphabets. I prefer to be true to myself and my identity. All the alphabets tell about the trials and tribulations of life we pass through as human beings…

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  1. February 3, 2011

    I guess I’m not the only one :)

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