Ephrem Assefa is an artist whose works in oil and water colour
capture what he sees and feels around him wherever he is.
Ephrem studied and gained his diploma at the Fine Arts School in Addis Ababa.
After qualifying, he worked for the Ethiopian Tourist Organisation as a stamp designer.
During his two years with them, he designed 60 postage stamps for his country.
After three exhibitions in Addis Ababa, he was awarded a scholarship which brought him
to the Chelsea College of Art, where he studied for three years. He gained another diploma
and became a commercial artist. During his term of employment with an advertising agency,
his unusually beautiful poster designs attracted attention – Ephrem was commissioned to work
on sacred murals in two London churches and one in Ilford, Essex.
Ephrem now devotes his time to painting from his home. His paintings are gentle, yet powerful
in their imagery – his subject matter varied. Undoubtly Ephrem’s technique and mastery of colour
is moving and inspiring.
Certainly Ephrem does not merely paint to over popularise scenes – he captures and portrays the
world as he sees it. He lives simply and looks for simplicity. Maybe he finds a greater depth of
feeling this way – certainly his paintings reflect reality and a rare beauty, which is around people
if they look for it. Ephrem obviously does and wants to share what he sees and feels.