Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian (1937-2003)

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Ju Ju's Wedding 1964

Ju Ju’s Wedding 1964

Alexander Boghossian was an Ethiopian painter. Boghossian won second prize at the Jubilee Anniversary Celebration of Haile Selassie I in 1954; the next year he was granted a scholarship which allowed him to study in Europe.

The Umbrella 1961

The Umbrella 1961

He spent two years in London, working at St. Martin’s School, the Central School, and the Slade School. He then spent nine years studying and teaching at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris.

Rhonda's Bird 1974

Rhonda’s Bird 1974

In 1966 he returned home, teaching at Addis Ababa’s School of Fine Arts until 1969.

Black Emblem 1969

Black Emblem 1969

In 1970 he emigrated to the United States, teaching at Howard University from 1972 until 2001. Boghossian was the first contemporary African artist to have his work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art; his paintings are also in the collections of the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. Boghossian died in 2003.

Night Flight of Dread and Delight 1964

Night Flight of Dread and Delight 1964

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