Gele Hailu

Gebo, 1989

I am from the Hamar tribe far in the south of Ethiopia. Basis and simplicity of life has been retained overthere, thanks to long isolation. The sharing of life in connection with nature and animals are the building blocks of existence. Nature is the playground.
I started art by drawing with use of branches and cow dung, on tree parts and pieces of land. During the first 15 years of my life I had no contact with others than from my own Hamar tribe. Right now I live and work in the Netherlands. I use canvas and wood waste for paintings, make magic sticks and paint everything that invites me to do so, up to the wall in your living room.