Awol Erizku Ethiopian-American, b. 1988


Born in Gondar, Ethiopia, in 1988, Awol Erizku received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union, New York, NY and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT.  Erizku’s work has been exhibited at prominent institutions including the Museum of Modern Art New York, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto, ON; Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, AR; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; and FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY. His photographs of cultural and creative leaders have been featured in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, GQ, and Vanity Fair, and in 2021 the Public Art Fund exhibited his work throughout New York, NY and Chicago, IL.  Erizku's works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; By Art Matters (Hangzhou Contemporary Art Museum), Hangzhou; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, among others. Erizku lives and works between Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY. 

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