Wosene Worke Kosrof

Born in 1950 in Addis Ababa, Wosene Worke Kosrof is a contemporary artist who has achieved international acclaim. Formally trained at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts, he completed a BFA with distinction in 1972. Then, as a Ford Foundation Talent Scholar, he was awarded an MFA in 1980 from Howard University in Washington, DC.


Over the past four decades, Wosene (his professional name) has created an internationally recognized artistic signature in his work by being the first contemporary Ethiopian-born artist to use the script forms - fiedel - of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures.  Jazz improvisations underlie his compositions, animating them with rhythmic movements and emboldening his masterful use of color.


Wosene lives and has his studio in the Berkeley, California.