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Written by Doris Athineos
Symphony in Color by Tesfaye Tessema

Symphony in Color by Tesfaye Tessema

New paintings by Ethiopian-born Tesfaye Tessema were unveiled at New York’s Skoto Gallery last week (on view through January 22). The soft-spoken artist is at the peak of his performance. Tessema describes his art as “playing jazz with a brush.” We call it eye music. If you put Duke Ellington’s big band on canvas, it would look like Tessema’s “Symphony in Color.” His abstract language of color swings and the United Nations agrees. A few years ago, they turned one of his paintings into a stamp (to raise money for famine relief).

Symphony in Colors III by Tesfaye Tessema

Symphony in Colors III by Tesfaye Tessema

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