Teklit Zecarias

Teklit Zecarias Debrezion: dreams meet determination

“I was ten years old when we gained independence,” Debrezion said. “I realized that many talented people died on the battlefield. When the fighting stopped, artists and musicians who had survived as soldiers returned to our cities. They taught again and exhibited their works for us. It made me appreciate what talents people had to offer.”

“I studied with three Chinese professors who were asked by our government to come to our country to form an art school. Language was a barrier, but we learned from their actions, watching what they did. I was one of eighty chosen out of 500 entrants. This program became a wonderful fine arts school in my country.”