Ficre Ghebreyesus: City with a River Running Through. Museum of the African Diaspora presents the first museum showing and first west coast exhibition of the paintings of Eritrean American artist Ficre Ghebreyesus (1962-2012), who fled conflict in his country and made his way to the United States as a political refugee. City with a River Running Through brings together more than a dozen of his finest works, with a particular focus on Ghebreyesus' abstractly rendered and vivid painted landscapes, replete with water imagery and aquatic life.
Ghebreyesus was an Eritrean refugee who fled to escape war, arriving in the U.S. in 1981 via long paths through Sudan, Italy and Germany. He died suddenly at the age of 50, leaving behind a body of work that included more than 800 paintings. His wife, poet Elizabeth Alexander, wrote a stunning tribute to him for The New York Times in July, providing a poignant context for the selection of works on view.