Welcome to my website. My Name is Yadesa Bojia. I was born in small town near the capital city of Ethiopia called Ambo. I studied in Ethiopia until I graduated from a Commercial College and moved to US in 1995. Today, I am Graphic Designer and a fine art Painter.
As I remember it, my first exposure to art was as a child gazing at murals often found in Ethiopian Orthodox churches. These murals used line drawings filled with bold vibrant colors. They are famous for communicating religious histories to their audiences. One can simply look at my work and see how much these paintings influenced me.
In Seattle I studied art at Seattle Pacific University from which I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication. I also attended Seattle Central Community College from which I received an Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design.
As a painter, my exposure to both African art and Western art provided me a unique opportunity to understand their relationship as well as their differences. While studying art, I examined how most art genre and classification derived or inherited from each other and the existence of one was based on that of the other. I also examined the influence of African art upon Western art and vice versa.
As a designer, I use my artistic talent in combination with my training and work experience to solve challenges. As defined by AIGA (The professional association for design), Graphic design is a creative process that combines art and technology to communicate ideas. The designer works with a variety of communication tools in order to convey a message from a client to a particular audience. The main tools are image and typography. As a graphic designer with a fine art interest, I clearly understand the importance of knowing the difference between the two discipline. Graphic Designer have to know, his work is a communication material. It have to solve challenges and make day to day life easy. Whether it is a directional sign or a poster, A billboard or a door hanger, a T-shirt design or a Flag, designers have to think of the audience, the message, the client and the challenge at hand. Where as a fine artist have a tendency and opportunity to challenge us by showing us the real and the unreal.
I believes my work is the by-product of the cultural differences I enjoyed while living in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and in Seattle, Washington. I also believe artists have a very unique opportunity, as well as responsibility, to work for justice, equality and truth.
I am also a father and a husband. Regardless of what I do in my life, I keep the title of being a family man above all. My family are simply the light of my life. I lives in Shoreline, Washington with my wife Hewan and our daughter Becca Bojia and son Isaiah Yadesa Bojia.