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He was also known as a poet and the father of modern Ethiopian art. Both his paintings and his poems unleashed waves of controversy. Gebre was born in the town of Harrar, the son of a high ranking clergyman Aleka Desta Nego and was the youngest of six siblings. His father worked for Ras Makonnen, the governor of Harrar at the time, and was tutor to his son Ras Tafari Makonnen who was later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. His early influence and introduction to art, was the traditional religious art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. In college Desta studied agriculture, but left school early to further pursue his interest in art.

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Early life[ edit ] Gebre was born in the town of Harar , the son of a high ranking clergyman Aleka Desta Nego, and was the youngest of six siblings. His father worked for Ras Makonnen , the governor of Harrar at the time, and was tutor to his son Ras Tafari Makonnen who was later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie , the last emperor of Ethiopia. His early influence and introduction to art, was the traditional religious art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Early in his twenties Gebre Kristos developed a skin condition that altered his skin pigmentation.

Gebre chose not to pursue a career in agriculture but instead spent his personal time reading about art and painting when and where he could. Gebre was a self taught artist until his sophomore year in college when he left his studied to pursue becoming a professional full time artist. He graduated top of his class.

He was awarded with a private studio for his achievements. Career[ edit ] In Gebre Kristos returned to Ethiopia and introduced his newly adopted style, abstract expressionism. Initially his work was criticized for abandoning more conventional styles, at the time the art scene in Ethiopia was steeped in traditionalism. Reception[ edit ] Desta was criticized for including European techniques in his artwork, rather than staying with traditional local methods.

The citation for this award praised him as an artist with outstanding creative and interpretive abilities and as the one who was largely responsible for introducing non-figurative art into his country.

In while on an exhibition campaign to Kenya he defected and soon fled to Germany seeking asylum. The German government did not grant his request but in the United States granted him political asylum and he settled in Lawton, Oklahoma. Life in exile was challenging he only had one solo exhibition in Lawton before he died in at the age of

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Gebre Kristos Desta

Early life[ edit ] Gebre was born in the town of Harar , the son of a high ranking clergyman Aleka Desta Nego, and was the youngest of six siblings. His father worked for Ras Makonnen , the governor of Harrar at the time, and was tutor to his son Ras Tafari Makonnen who was later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie , the last emperor of Ethiopia. His early influence and introduction to art, was the traditional religious art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Early in his twenties Gebre Kristos developed a skin condition that altered his skin pigmentation. Gebre chose not to pursue a career in agriculture but instead spent his personal time reading about art and painting when and where he could. Gebre was a self taught artist until his sophomore year in college when he left his studied to pursue becoming a professional full time artist. He graduated top of his class.

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