Robel Temesgen (b. 1987) is a Ph.D. fellow in Artistic Practice at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. He received an MFA from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, University of Tromsø, Norway in 2015 and a BFA in Fine Art (Painting) from Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University in 2010. Robel’s work focuses on symbiotic relations and the languages around places, people, and spirits through painting, publication, and installation. His lengthy projects include Adbar, Addis Newspaper, and Practicing Water. Robel’s work has been widely exhibited on international platforms in solo and group shows, including Kunsthall Oslo (2023), Lingen Konsthalle, Lingen (2022), ARoS Museum, Aarhus (2021), Para Site, Hong Kong (2021), Kunsthall Oslo, Olso (2019), Circle Art Agency, Nairobi (2019), Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa (2018), Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa (2018), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2017), Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2016), and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2014). He received several awards and fellowships, Lingen Art Prize (2022), Junge Akademie, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2018), and IASPIS, Stockholm (2017). Robel is a Lecturer at Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University, and lives between Addis Ababa and Oslo.
2021 - 2024
PhD in Artistic Research, National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway
MA in Contemporary Art, Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing, University of Tromsø, Norway
BFA(with great distinction) in Painting, Ale School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia
Practising Water; report #I - Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Faces of Stories - Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen, Germany
Interior Landscapes - Tromso Kunstforening, Tromso, Norway
Jebenas - In the Closet, Oslo, Norway
Lecture performance, Addis News Paper- The Chinese Issue – Guramayne Art Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Making the News: Reading between the lines, from Peterloo to Meskel Square, The Portico Library, Manchester, UK
Min Nebere? Modern Art Museum, GKDC, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Floating Jebenas, Fendika Cultural center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Confluence, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK
There is no Politics in Painting?, Marabouparken, Stockholm, Sweden
NADA Miami, Solo representation, Tiwani Contemporary, Miami, USA
Constellated Dots, Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway
Adbar, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK
Adbar, Kurant Visningsrom, Tromsø, Norway
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway
This is Not Africa; Unlearn what you have learned. ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
Death to the Curator, As part of GIZE Collective, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Home Is, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Israel
Coming-together, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, Norway
RE:PUBLIC, Circle Art gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
Addis 2019 - Africa as Concept and Method: Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom, Addis Abeba Museum, Ethiopia
Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ነጋሪ : Manifesto, Guramayne Art Centre, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Harstad Skole, Harstad, Norway
Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
The Oslo Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway
Festival of Future Nows 2017→ ∞ , Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
Art Brussles, Prime Section, Tiwani Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
Agora Artes, Akademie Der Kunste
Field Work, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK
Uncertain States, Akademie Der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
IVAHM, New Media Arts Festival, Museum la Neomudejar, Madrid, Spain
Addis International Video Art Festival, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
MFA Show, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
Art Future/Future Signs, Riga, Latvia
Mondo, Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Svolvaer, Norway
Cinema Lada, Modern Art Museum/Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Cinema Extension, RomeAfrica Film Festival, Rome, Italy
Grounded in Movement, Lumen Festival, New York, NY, USA
Øyet I Handen, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
Old News, Festival of Future Nows, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Freskt Kjott, Gallery Kurant, Tromsø, Norway
Collaborative Attempt, Gallery Snerk, Tromsø, Norway
Addis Art Fair, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Fana Wogi, Modern Art Museum/Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Quansa Revisited, Listros Gallery, Berlin, Germany
50th Anniversary of the African Union, National Museum, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Heart to Heart from Rome to Addis, National Theatre Gallery, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Jan Meda, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Café Town (two-person show with Emanuel Tegene), National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Survivart Exhibition, Gallerea Meinblau, Berlin, Germany
Ethiopian Visual Artists Association, Laphto Center, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Summer Festival, Video Documentary, Berlin, Germany
Free Thought #1, Nesta Art Village/Alliance Ethio-Français, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Four Freedoms, US Embassy, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
50th Anniversary of African Independence, Paris, France
BFA Graduation Show, ASFAD, Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia
Listro Project, International Artists, Berlin, Germany
Love Project, Art of Artists' Books, Ethiopia/Zimbabwe/USA
RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS
Lingen art Prize, Kunsthall Lingen, Germany
Exhibition Grant, Kunstsentren i Norge, Norway
First Africa Artist in Residence, Tel Aviv, Israel
Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee'sInternational Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.
Kulturradet Stipend for graduate Artists, Tromso, Norway
Junge Akademie one year Scholarship, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Quota Scheme, two Years Scholarship, Tromso, Norway
Artist in Residence, Zoma Contemporary Art Center, Harla, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Freedom from Fear, Norman Rockwell Foundation, US Embassy, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Gold Medal for Outstanding Student of the Year, Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia
Ethio-Japan Relations One Year Scholarship
Robel Temesgen. Lingen Art Prize, solo exhibition Catalog, Kunsthall Lingen, Lingen.
Practising Water; report #1. Solo exhibition catalog, Kunsthall Oslo.
Where is Africa Volume 1. CARA.
As you go… the road under your feet, towards the new future. Mousse Publishing, Belgrade.
Collectors Series: Artists and Cities. TSA, Lagos|Amsterdam.
Death to the Curator. Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo.
This is not Africa; Unlearn what you have learned. Exhibition Catalog, ARos Museum, Aros.
Re:Public. Tegene Kunbi, Robel Temesgen. Circle Art gallery, Nairobi.
Poetry Jazz; Wax and gold. Institute for Spatial Experiments, Berlin.
Min Nebere?, Exhibition Catalog, GKDC, Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa.
Jebenas. Solo Exhibition Catalog, Fendika Cultural Center, Addis Ababa.
MA. Graduation Catalog, Tromso Academy of Contemporary Art, Tromso.