Eritrean artist Michael Adonai launches exhibition

Celebrated Eritrean artist, Michael Adonai has launched his first solo exhibition ‘Aware’ in conjunction with the Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) in Melbourne as a part of Refugee Week 2015.

Michael first started working with FCAC as part of their Emerging Cultural Leaders program, a 5 month mentorship program for people from CALD backgrounds interested in community-engaged arts. He has since run workshops on Coptic art with the FCAC.

With over thirty years’ experience of work in painting and writing, Michael Adonai is one of the most celebrated contemporary Eritrean artists whose vibrant works offer a personal reflection on the effect of ones experience of the human condition. Using a unique blend of traditional Coptic art with contemporary techniques and colourful aesthetic, the solo exhibition showcases Michael’s bold, passionate, thoughtful, haunting and delightful style.

You can view his exhibition in Melbourne until 28 June at the FCAC Gabriel Gallery, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray.

Salt Magazine looks forward to hearing more about Michael’s great work and wish him all the best with his exhibition.

For more about Michael, visit

OPENING: Sunday 14 June, 2pm – 4pm
EXHIBITION: 5 June — 28 June
VENUE: FCAC Gabriel Gallery

Photo by Daniela Rodriguez

SALT Magazine is an African-Australian Community News Magazine, created to provide print and online news and information on a broad range of issues of interest to the African community in Australia as well as to the wider general public. Our main aim is to act as a platform for the voice of the new and emerging African Australian communities, providing an African perspective to Australian topics. We wish to highlight African refugee success stories and encourage community development by exploring the challenges faced by new arrivals.

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