Born in 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kebreab Demeke graduated from Addis Ababa University, Alle school of Fine Arts and Design. He intensely uses painting and printing making in his art practice. Since 2011 he has participated in different projects in the public sphere in Addis Ababa and other parts of his country.
Kebreab was a resident artist at ZCAC (Zoma Contemporary Art Center, www.zcac.weebly.com) in Harla, a small village near Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, in 2011. The residency was part of the SurVivArt program, initiated and sponsored by Heinrich Böll Foundation (www.boell.de/en). During the residency Kebreab realised a social project involving residents of the village of Harla, resulting in a functional sculpture constructed with the help of local resources.
Kebreab continues to realize projects that explore political and social issues through a diverse range of media. He is currently completing the MA programme in Art and Public Space at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway.