Born 1977 in Gondar, Ethiopia.

Immigrated to Israel in 1984.

Lives and works in Ra’anana, Israel.



2003   Graduate of the Visual Communications Department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.

2006-2016  Studied drawing and painting with the artist Zvika Lachman at the Meyerhoff Art Education Center, Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

2018-2022  Studied drawing and painting with David Nipo at Hatahana Studio, Tel Aviv.


Solo Exhibitions

2023  “Beyond order” solo exhibition at Braverman Gallery.

2022  “Tilted Walls” solo exhibition at Braverman Gallery.

2020  "The White Paper is Black Within" at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Tigist won the 2019 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art.


Joint Exhibitions

2018   “In Her Place”, joint exhibition with Mimi Tasama Sibaho at the Jaffa Museum.

2018   Joint exhibition with Nirit Takele in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Group Exhibitions

2023   “YaYahode” 1-154 art fair, New York.

2022   “Exmnesia” Group exhibition Cosmo, Rome.

2022   “Neaga” Group exhibition at the Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem.

2022   “Works on Paper” Group exhibition at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art.

2021   “Transformation Difficulties” Group exhibition at the Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia.

2019   “The Color Line” Group exhibition at Sapir College’s Gallery.


Tigist mainly works with natural charcoal on paper. She loves the simplicity and softness that charcoal can create. Working in black and white helps her focus on the story, emotions, and sense of light. The main themes in Her work are femininity and motherhood.

The starting point for her works generally is a person she is close to, but as the process progresses, the specific identity of the person is slightly obscured in order to emphasize the movement and rhythm that are created. Sometimes the way the light falls on a figure or strong emotions leads her to place more emphasis on the relations between the shapes and forms in the drawing.