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Born in Arsi Negele, Ethiopia. Lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Hana Yilma Godine's work is influenced by observations of her surroundings and social structures during her upbringing in the multicultural metropolis of Addis Ababa, and while traveling and studying in Europe and the United States. Her use of flattened perspective, elongated figures, and evenly distributed light recalls Ethiopian iconography which underscores the divinity of biblical subjects by rejecting rules of earthly representation. At the same time, Godine’s works are firmly grounded in reality – she paints on and with traditional Ethiopian fabrics which women typically source at the local market and turn into affordable dresses. Godine weaves her brushstrokes in and around the fabric print, at times leaving the flowery patterns untouched, at times letting them glimmer through the painted layers.


Godine received an MFA from Boston University in 2020, having previously studied at the Abyssinia School of Fine Art and Design, and the Ale School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Godine’s first institutional exhibition opened at the National Museum of Ethiopia in April 2021, followed by a two-gallery solo exhibition at Fridman Gallery and Rachel Uffner Gallery in 2022. Her paintings are in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, Inhotim Museum in Brazil, and the Sharjah Foundation, UAE. 



Hana Yilma Godine: Substance in Ethiopia

By Charles Moore

The Brooklyn Rail

May, 2022

Hana Yilma Godine’s Paintings Depict Ethiopian Traditions with Modern Style and Flair

By Taylor Michael


March 3, 2022

Hana Yilma Godine Imagines Scenes of Transcendent Repose

By Ryan Waddoups


February 23, 2022

A New Art Show Looks at the Role of Women in Ethiopia

by Kerry Nolan


February 3, 2022


Painter Hana Yilma Godine Uses Ethiopian Textiles to Construct Fantastical Compositions of Women in Repose

by Julia Halperin

artnet news

February 1, 2022

Must See: "Hair Salon in Addis Ababa" at Fridman Gallery


January 27, 2022

Your Concise New York Art Guide for January 2022

By Cassie Packard


January 2, 2022

10 New Public Art Installations in NYC January 2022

by Irene Madrigal

untapped new york

January, 2022

Artists to watch at this year’s 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

By New African

New African

October 14, 2021

Hana Yilma Godine: Spaces Within Space


September 29, 2020

At Gallery 263, Hana Yilma Godine's 'Spaces Within Space' Creates Room for Interpretation

wbur, The ARTery

January 17, 2020

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