Brook yeshitaila

He is both a visual artist and a self-made book writer. He works not only on works of art but also on books to communicate and advise young Ethiopian people.

A genius boy who has been painting since he was seven years old.

When he turned seven, his mother’s hands were full of gifts for Brooke. He picked up the crayon as if he were attracted to something, and started painting. And so far he couldn’t stop drawing. Brooke thinks of the canvas as himself and tries to express his experiences and feelings using paints. His works appear not only on canvas but also on sculpture and installation art. He used to be inspired by the beauty of nature. He started his installation art career for the first time through his first exhibition, ’13 Weeks.’ The message is delivered using various everyday objects such as plaster, cement, wire, broken glass, and eggs.

Art with a deep message

Brooke repositioned and designed broken glass to express the reality of disabled people being alienated from developing countries. Just as disabled people find their own way, abandoned glass finds new forms and new opportunities. He believes that people with disabilities should have the opportunity to make their own lives, to work freely, and to shine. He has a dream where proper education and a fair system are established so that they can enjoy their rights. These can clearly be seen in his glassworks.

A talent tied to Ethiopia

There is no international art museum in Ethiopia. There are also no curators, art historians, or art dealers. So the talents of Ethiopian artists are bound only to Ethiopia. The capital, Addis Ababa, is difficult to live in because house prices are too high,  and at the same time, there are fewer opportunities to sell paintings. There aren’t many ways to promote the painting either. Ethiopian artists are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Nevertheless, Brooke paints and practices art because he cannot give up art. We hope that the day will come as soon as possible when artists in Ethiopia, including him, can be guaranteed their place. And we hope that his works will be known in Korea and that good influence will spread widely.