Abel Tilahun is an internationally acclaimed artist who works across traditional and emerging art forms. At the heart of his work is a concern for both the cutting edge and the long arc of history.
Tilahun was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and grew up in an artistic environment. His mother is a professionally-trained clarinetist and his father is an engineer who enjoys painting. Tilahun spent much of his childhood backstage in the Ethiopian National Theatre, absorbing set design, music, storytelling, and performance. He earned his BFA in Sculpture from Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in 2006. After moving to the United States, he earned his MA in Fine Art from Adams State University in 2010 and was recognized as the Cloyde Snook Scholar of 2009-2010.