The abstract paintings by Tegene Kunbi develop their full power out of the tension between plan geometric forms and a complex structure in depth. Layer over layer the intensive color stripes bear witness to the artistic process of Kunbi: The previous pictorial moment is almost completely covered by a new layer, but does not lose its presence by shimmering through the following color stripe, in a symbiotic mixture with the new shade or as a haptic event at the edge of the plane. With the opportunity to reconstruct this processuality the paintings offer an insight to their narrative and temporary composition.
Painting for Tegene Kunbi is a representation of an inner dialogue, a fight between structure and artistic fervor, which ends in a productive dilemma. His African origins and the subsequent absorbed esthetic impressions are also to be named as important inspirational sources, as is his perennial stay in Germany. These two worlds, which are almost in polar opposition to each other, meet in Kunbi’s oeuvre in the landscape theme. The colors in the painted space align themselves like planted fields and give it structure. This order and the sense of harmony that stems from it, this wanted sense of harmony, is the origin of the inherent strife within the artist himself. The need to be free links itself to this part of the artistic framework that expresses itself in a spontaneous moment of artistic passion. Structures are strongly and confidently broken to be, in the end, put back together. The pictorial dialog lays itself layer upon layer over the canvas, giving the image a certain depth that contradicts the original effect of the pictorial elements on the surface – all in the sense of the productive dilemma.
1980: born in Addis Abeba/ ET 1998-2004: art degree at the Fine Arts School, University Addis Abeba/ ET 2004-2006: teaching activity at College Academy, Addis Abeba/ ET 2007-2009: Begabtenförderung des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD) seit 2008: art study at Universität der Künste, Berlin (UDK, Berlin) 2009: Graduate exam by Prof. Frank Badur at UDK, Berlin 2009-2011: Master stundent by Prof. Pia Fries and Prof. Burkhard Held at UDK, Berlin 2011: Master student
National solo exhibitions (selection)
2008: Goethe Institut, Göttingen/ DE; Wasserscheune Erbsen, Göttingen/ DE; art auction and performance für Bakame (books for kids in Ruanda) in coverage der Göttinger Nacht/ DE 2010: galerie gerken, Berlin 2011: Kunstverein Kaponier, Vechta/ DE 2012: galerie gerken, Berlin 2013: Dannenwalde 2014: galerie gerken, Berlin/ DE
Group exhibitions (selection)
2005: Galerie Peter Herrmann, Berlin 2008: Wasserscheune Erbsen, Göttingen/ DE 2009-2011: participation at the annual exhibition „Rundgang“ at the UDK, Berlin 2009: Alumni exhibtions at the UDK, Berlin; Kolonie Wedding, Berlin 2011: galerie gerken, Berlin; Masterstudent exhibitions at the UDK Berlin 2013: Frankfurt am Main (GIZ)/ DE 2015: Tegene Kunbi with Alexander Bobkin, Alicia Winters Galería, Arnhem/ NL; Danjerus Cable, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York/ USA; Tasting Art, Amsterdam, NL; Hotspots, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York/ USA 2016: Tasting Art, Amsterdam/ NL; Kunststation Kleinsassen/ DE 2017: Blaricum/ NL; Khouribga/ MA; Casablanca/ MA; Marrakesch/ MA
2016: Artist residency – Dooyewaard Foundation, Blaricum/ NL