Tesfaye Tessema is a student of the father of Ethiopian contemporary art: Skunder Boghossian. Tesfaye studied under Skunder both at the School of Fine Art in Addis Ababa and at Howard University, where he got his MFA. Tesfaye has exhibited widely . Some New York venues have been the United Nations, the African American Institute, The Schomburg Center, 450 Broadway Gallery and Contemporary African Art Gallery. He has also shown at the Guggenheim Museum (Soho) and the Cochi Triennial International Print Show, Cochi, Japan.
Skunder Boghossian is arguably the father of Contemporary Ethiopian art. As a teen-ager, he was sent to Europe by the Emperor to study. He received his training at the National Fine Art School of Paris and the Grande-Chaumiere Academy. For most of his adult life he has been both an artist and a teacher, in both capacities strongly influencing a generation of younger artists. His international exhibits are too numerous to mention. Among his many collectors are Musee d'Art Modem, Paris, The Museum of Modem Art, The National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian, the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Rosemary Karuga was born in Kenya. She studied at the School of Fine Arts Makerere University, in Uganda. Rosemary studied Byzantine art and was intrigued by mosaics; however, she found that the materials were very difficult to obtain and ventured that the same type of work could be done with pieces of paper. This was the beginning of her collage work. In 1989 Rosemary Karuga was selected for a Studio Museum in Harlem show as one of only nine contemporary artists chosen from the entire African continent. Since that time she has been in international group shows and in 1994 had a solo show at Contemporary African Art Gallery.