A gradual increase in art appreciation and prices

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -Since he was a child, Atkilt Assefa, 37, had been drawing different pictures on pieces of paper by himself. However, his passion grew over the years and became a determining factor in shaping his future career.

After finishing 12th grade in 1997, he tried to develop his painting skills by contacting different art students and teachers for four years. In 2000 he met Tesfaye Negatu, a professional painter, who studied art in Russia and now teaches drawing in his rented one-room class at Medhane Alem School on Swaziland Street in Gulele District.

Atkilt studied with him for four years. He then rented a workshop with four friends and embarked on the production of traditional paintings on leather.

“Most of our paintings at the time were sold to retailers at a very cheap price,” Atkilt said. “As we were all beginners and didn’t have much experience, few of our paintings caught the interest of buyers. »

According to him, most young artists of the time received very little attention. They tried to promote their art work on their own, which for the most part was unsuccessful.

“It was very difficult to cover all my expenses just by selling my paintings,” recalls Atkilt.

Over the years, Atkilt adjusted the way he priced his paintings. As he gained experience, he began to consider things like the time, effort, and creativity he put into his works.

It wasn’t just Atkilt who changed his view of how paints should be priced; the art industry in Ethiopia as a whole does not have a consensus or specific criteria by which artists should evaluate their works. Read more

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