Eyob Art Bio imageThe Meskel festival celebration is an annual religious holiday commemorating the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Helena in the 4th century. It is celebrated on September 27, which coincides with the blooming of the Meskel daisies coming at the end of the rainy season. The fields are covered in a blanket of yellow daisies.   Yellow daisies known as Tsedey abeba are symbolic of  this holiday. Meskel flower  signifies not only the holiday.  The yellow flowers that bloom in this season all over the country signify the rising of  Jesus Christ from death, The spiritual ascension of   the almighty.

During this season the whole country prepares to celebrate this holiday.  There is a strong sense of ones.  As a child the daisies gave me so much insight and inspiration.  I loved the color, the freshness.  Even the air smelled of these flowers.  

There were butterflies, honeybee and birds that came during that time in my town. It was so great to hear the combined buzzing music like sounds of nature. Today these have become common elements in my paintings.  
I remember making my own version of kaleidoscope with paper and flowers. I would hold it up to the sun to see the reflections. As I moved round and round, I saw colors moving, creating layers and overlapping.  I always struggled to give those images movement. These elements today are core elements for my paintings and film.  I express my art both through my paintings and my films.

An Every year as a tradition, before the day of the festival children in Ethiopia all across the country make special water color paintings on paper of flowers and go around homes of their neighbors and relatives and give those as gifts.  As a token of gratitude the receivers will give the children a little money for treats.  I was one of those children that painted on behalf of many children in my neighborhood and this is the story of where my artistic skills began to grow.


An Ethiopian native, Eyob Mergia moved to the United States, after graduating from the Ethiopian Fine Arts Institute in 1997, he continued his studies in advanced painting and drawing at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. He is pursuing film at CSN college in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mergia is an abstract impressionist painter and Photographer and film director & editor.  He studied classical art, cubism and abstract art photography and film.  He is known for his large drawings and multi-panel paintings and mural art.

“I consider myself really fortunate to be an artist.  My journey as an artist has opened my eyes and enabled me to look at the existence of elements in depth and allowed me to capture a point of expression for the beginning of any element.  My source of inspiration is abundant.  It’s the daily life, music, books, films, conversations, nature, travelling, science, spiritual ideas, and culture. My work is to experiment with my ideas in the language of art. It allows me to play with a broad range of traditional and non-traditional medium in mainstream fine arts.

“In my work I want to bring out a form of philosophy.  To me, art serves as a spiritual guide--it manifests my vision and allows me to express my inner voice. At times, I explore new ideas with diverse mathematical formulas and concepts in my art. I am inspired by monumental sculptures, design, archaeology, literature, music and history. I continuously find myself on a journey to discover my heritage, the world and myself.  

Painting is an activity that helps to refine the soul. Art is like daily bread for the soul. The artist should have a message to convey. A message revealed to him by his inner voice which also accounts for the beauty of his work. Only that is beautiful.”