Fitsum T. Shebeshe is a painter and curator from Ethiopia. He received his BFA in painting and art history from Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Art and Design in 2011. His works have been exhibited at National Museum of Ethiopia and National Museum of Sudan as well as in several galleries around Addis Ababa.
In 2012 Fitsum co-founded the ʽ1957Initiative’ to celebrate annually through art events the liberation of African countries from colonialism. His recent curatorial experience include ʽ1957 Art show’ which took place at the National Museum of Ethiopia in May 2013 on the occasion of the 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the African Union. In 2013, He co-curated NIGS painting exhibition by Mezgebu Tessema, one of the most prominent realistic painter in Ethiopia. He was part of the curatorial team for Addis Art fair that was held in 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He also co-curated Fathers,Brothers,Sons an all media exhibition in 2016 in Baltimore, USA.
Fitsum has participated in several international curatorial workshops and residencies including Independent Curators International and CCA, Lagos Asiko International Art School. He also worked as a junior curator at the National Museum of Ethiopia from March 2012 to December 2015.
Currently, Fitsum is a graduate candidate in curatorial practice at Maryland Institute College of Art.