Elias Areda

With more than 24 years of experience, and famous for holding solo exhibitions abroad, Elias has dynamic brush touches and a smile as beautiful as a bright-colored river.

Childhood dreams became true

Eliase fell in love with fairytales when he was young. The colorful illustrations captivated him as a kid. His dream to become an artist started then, as he remembers it. The colorful nature of his works can say a lot more about his love of bright colors.  It gives the artworks a dreamy and mysterious impression of being part of a fairytale.

Eliase, The hard-working Artist

His works show a melting agony and look like he drew them while dreaming. He says his creation is a result of long hours of practice. Although it has been 24 years since he started doing art, he is still trying to create a new way to pass his message.  This is because his works contain the mission and vision of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Culture in a Splendor

He expressed the traditional Ethiopian culture in brilliant colors. He mainly paints women to convey Ethiopian culture through them. The women who appear in paintings in various shapes represent Ethiopia. From the colored necklaces on their necks to the traditional Ethiopian patterns on their hair, It all captures Ethiopian culture well. These small details will make his paintings look more interesting. He will continue to promote Ethiopia’s painting, culture, and life through his paintings. He hopes people will feel familiar and interested in Ethiopia through his paintings.

Previous Exhibitions

Collective Exhibitions

  • 1997 : Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel
  • 1998 : Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel
  • 2000: Sheraton Hotel
  • 2000 : Dams Gallery
  • 2000: Embassy of Bulgaria / Addis Ababa
  • 2002 : Alliance Ethio-française
  • 2003 : Italian Cultural Institute
  • 2004: Fine Arts School (Addis Ababa University)
  • December 2008: CCFAR of Djibouti

Personal Exhibitions

  • 2002: Exhibition in Atlanta (EU)
  • 2002: Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel
  • 2003: Addis Abeba National Museum
  • 2004: Alliance Ethio-française
  • 2006: Exhibition in Mozambique

Drawings and Comic Exhibitions

  • 2004: Alliance Ethio-française
  • 2004: Italian Cultural Institute
  • 2005: Exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Media & Communication Center (MCC)