Béthé-Sélassié, Micaël or Sélassié
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 ...