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date: 17 September 2019

Béthé-Sélassié, Micaël or Sélassiélocked

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Ethiopian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active since 1971 active in France.

Born 15 February 1951, in Dire Dawa.

Sculptor, painter (including gouache). Allegorical subjects, figures, circus scenes.

Micaël Béthé-Sélassié did not become involved in fine arts until he was 30. He produces figures, groups and deities painted in gouache or 'sculpted' in papier-mâché, painted in variegated colours and frequently mounted on a wood base. Témi Hirsch has said that Béthé-Sélassié produces a 'riot of giant figures in an admixture of cross-bred styles ranging from the formally ritual and to the unfettered spontaneous'. Since ...

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