"A colour physician, if ever there was one, Fitsum’s plush, knowing strokes seem to reveal the points on our face where we hold our emotions (Kenya: Labyrinth - 50 Years of Art in Kenya)."

− Zihan Kassam - Art Correspondent, The Star

"He reflects a particular history with his work, for example the way he does his human portraiture, you see elements of Ethiopian or Orthodox Iconography in it (Living Colors, A24 Media)"

− David Kaiza, Art Critic

that raw sentiment

Fitsum was born in Ethiopia. Later, he moved to Eritrea where he completed his studies in painting, sculpture and print making at the Asmara School in 2000. Fitsum moved to Kenya in 2003 where he has been creating artwork that explores the relationship between man and his environment. His sizeable, intense portraits are an enquiry in to the social, political and geographical influences in the construction of identity and the self. Using a hypnotizing palette, his paintings are a contemplation of the human form and condition. Applying generous strokes of bold acrylic colour, he forms the features and physiques of real and imagined subjects. Fitsum’s figure paintings express intense emotion; raw sentiments that seem to resonate with the viewer. His unique use of colour and contrast, light and shadow, work to emphasize their expressions, capturing the fervour of the human spirit and the intensity of our being.   By Zihan Kassam, Art Journalist

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  • Alliance Francaise, Asmara


  • Kunst Welten, Salzburg

  • Lamu Island

  • The Talisman Restaurant, Nairobi


  • Galerie Alexandre Cadain, Paris


  • RaMoMa Art Gallery, Nairobi


  • The Talisman Restaurant, Nairobi




  • Gallery Tongkeun, Seoul


  • Galerie 23, Amsterdam

  • Gallery Louiza, Antwerp

  • Gazzambo Gallery, Madrid

  • Capital Club, Dubai


  • L’Hôtel de l’Industrie, St.Germain, Paris


  • GAFRA, London

  • GAFRA, London (Billionaire Couture, Art 1:54)

Permanent Collections

Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples

The RaMoMa Art Gallery, Nairobi

Kunst Welten, Salzburg