Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Zeinu Mudeser spent his formative years studying as a classical artist at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Art. Following art school, he pursued a career as a cartoonist and illustrator for various monthly magazines in Addis Ababa. He continued to explore different mediums and techniques as a studio artist in Ethiopia.
Mudeser's art explores his day-to-day observations of family, romance, and human relationships using classical music as his creative influence. Although much of Mudeser’s work is abstract expressionist, his creative range is not limited to one aspect, and at times the artist reverts to the realism in which he was trained, sometimes inserting realism into semi-abstract backgrounds.
Best known for his boldly colored acrylic paintings that blur the lines between realism and abstraction, Mudeser compels his viewers to further explore the artworks which reveal a deeper image and meaning. Zeinu believes that color marks our emotional and social existence.
Ephraim Urevbu was born in Warri, Nigeria and graduated from Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, Nigeria. He later migrated to the US in 1980 to pursue a career in fine art with a concentration in painting. He graduated from the University of Memphis with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Fine Art in 1986.
Currently a US-based painter, Urevbu is best known for his large scale abstract expressionist paintings distinguished by his presentation of bold acrylics and heavy pallet knife technique. His latest work explores major social and political themes such as morality, truth, race, equal rights & social justice, largely within the context of his personal experiences and American history.