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1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Gallery Hours During Exhibitions:
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

Cultural Connections

by Tesfaye Tessema

TESFAYE TESSEMA has received accolades, achieved recognition, and earned respect for his work at a national and international level during the past decades.
In addition to exhibiting at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, his work has been exhibited in France, Germany, England, and Japan.
Considered a master painter as well as a master print maker and muralist, his art has been collected by such institutions as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Schomberg and the United Nations in New York City. 
He has made Harlem his home for almost thirty years and his work reflects that his love for his community fuels his art. The visual and aural associations of the African American culture reverberate in his paintings in the featured “Comb Series”. The confluence of rhythmic designs and colors in an improvisational style are a reflection of the jazz music he loves.
While African Americans look for their historical roots, Tesfaye revels in searching out his branches. As he has stated, “Together we form a Tree”

curated by  Nette F Thomas and Evelyn Graves

Photos courtesy of Jamaal Levine

Opening Times

January 15th - February 26th, 2012
Hours : Saturday and Sundays, 2-5pm
Artist Reception : Sunday January 29th 2-6pm

Comb Series # 5

32 x 56"