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Gebre Kristos studied painting and graphic at the Academy of Art in Cologne, West Germany and graduated at the top of his class. Gebre Kristos did not pursue a career in his field of study, scientific agriculture, but instead studied art and painted in his spare time. Initially, Gebre Kristos was a self-taught artist, but in his sophomore year, his predilection for art won out, and Gebre Kristos abandoned his studies in hope of becoming a full-time artist. Gebre Kristos, renowned as an instructor, held his first teaching position during this time, at the Sebestie Negasie Elementary School, as an English, Geography, and General Science Teacher. Government sponsored program then known as the Point of Four Education. Soon after this first professional job as an artist, Gebre Kristos left for Germany to study art in depth.

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Gebre Kristos studied painting and graphic at the Academy of Art in Cologne, West Germany and graduated at the top of his class. Gebre Kristos did not pursue a career in his field of study, scientific agriculture, but instead studied art and painted in his spare time. Initially, Gebre Kristos was a self-taught artist, but in his sophomore year, his predilection for art won out, and Gebre Kristos abandoned his studies in hope of becoming a full-time artist.

Gebre Kristos, renowned as an instructor, held his first teaching position during this time, at the Sebestie Negasie Elementary School, as an English, Geography, and General Science Teacher.

Government sponsored program then known as the Point of Four Education. Soon after this first professional job as an artist, Gebre Kristos left for Germany to study art in depth. It was here that he was introduced to abstract art, which would later become his specialty. Gebre Kristos excelled at his studies, majoring in painting and graphic art, and graduated at the top of his class.

The show encompassed a year of work, and made an extensive six month tour of Western Europe. In , Gebre Kristos returned back to his homeland Ethiopia to introduce his newly adopted style, abstract expressionism.

Confronted with the task of introducing modern art into a culture still steeped in traditionalism, Gebre Kristos faced censure and criticism for abandoning more conventional Ethiopian styles.

He held a one-man show at the School of Fine Arts in , where he was also a member of the faculty, and his work was received with mixed reactions. In , he won the Haile Sellassie 1st prize Trust Award in Fine Arts, and gained official recognition for his innovative and unique style.

The poetry of Gebre Kristos is as equally brilliant and original as his visual work. Gebre Kristos served in an ambassadorial capacity, heading cultural delegates and traveling with touring Ethiopian art exhibitions in Europe. In , he was invited to exhibit his works and to visit important museums, artistic, and historic sites in the USSR. The same year he visited and exhibited his works in Czechoslovakia by invitation of that government. The Federal Republic of West Germany invited Gebre Kristos to present his pieces in , as well as visit and endorse important places of art interest.

A similar honor was bestowed upon him by the office of Addis Ababa schools in Thank you for;.

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Gebre Kristos Desta

He was also known as a poet and the father of modern Ethiopian art. Both his paintings and his poems unleashed waves of controversy. Gebre was born in the town of Harrar, the son of a high ranking clergyman Aleka Desta Nego and was the youngest of six siblings. His father worked for Ras Makonnen, the governor of Harrar at the time, and was tutor to his son Ras Tafari Makonnen who was later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. His early influence and introduction to art, was the traditional religious art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

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