Gallery of African Art is setting up another spectacular exhibition opening this Thursday! Ethiopian artist Daniel Soresa will have his work on display in the London-based gallery from 23rd February – 1st April 2017. As the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK, he will be bringing an arsenal of experiences through his extensive travel across the globe and immersion in different cultures. His fascination with colours and light as well as his art and personal views are hugely influenced by his experiences and travels. Born in Addis Ababa in 1978, Daniel moved to Barcelona at the age of 6, where he was introduced to the works of Catalan artists like Gaudí and Tàpies whose works have continued to inspire him. During his time in Barcelona, he attended San Salvador School until the age of 13 when he returned to live in Ethiopia. There, Soresa continued his studies at the Italian Cultural Institute, pursuing his interest in the history of art.
Through his practise, he explores his multi-cultural identity – forming a union between his heritage, culture and life experiences. According to the gallery’s press release:
Soresa’s abstract works are born of a medley of colours and are elaborated with pigments and full of texture. Texture adds another dimension to his works. The layers on the canvas create their own mysteries – drawing the viewer in to look closer, revealing intricate details, concealing narratives – all while adding depth and character. Soresa saturates the canvas creating rich works of art – the fusion of hues is intense. Reflecting the visual imagery that fascinated him as a youth, he also focuses on the importance of light and how it impacts a piece.
As an artist Daniel Soresa describes his works as having, “a strong influence of African art, but seen with a western perspective.Through my work I try to find the balance between the contradictions of everything that surrounds me…”
Soresa is captivated by the synergy between colour and light. He remains in constant search of colour and the emotions that it brings. His works are infused with vivid pigments and filled with rich textures– presenting a medley of vibrant colours and cultural references as see in the image below. His artistry has gained him so many accolades as well Last summer, Soresa was selected to participate in the Young African Talent Artists in Denmark Global Art (Dronninglund, Denmark).
Private View: Thursday, 23rd February 2017 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Exhibition: 23rd February – 1st April 2017
Visitor Information Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm and Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Address: Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) 45 Albemarle Street London W1S 4JL Nearest Underground Station: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
We will be viewing the works of artist Daniel Soresa at Gallery of African Art on Saturday. Drop us a note if you will be there. Tag us in the photos as well :).