Sisay Shimeles

Fine Arts/Graphic Design


Studied art at the Addis Ababa University, School of Fine arts and Design, Ethiopia

Communication Design, at the George Simon Ohm University of Applied Science, Nuremberg, Germany

3D Modeling & Design, Certificate, SAIT College, Calgary

Exhibitions (Highlights):

Several group exhibitions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Officially selected to decor the Ethiopian pavilion and showcase my art works at the World EXPO 2000, Hannover, Germany

African Mural Art for the social club Zirndorf, Germany

Several solo and group exhibitions in Germany and France

Award winner of DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service) in year 2008

Several group exhibitions and community oriented projects including art workshops for children and people with disabilities in Calgary

 Public arts, facilitated by “This is my Neighbourhood” program of the City of Calgary: utility box artworks (in Forest Lawn and Dover communities), Park disposal cans art (Canyon Meadows community) and street banners (Beddington Heights community)

East African Celebration 8’x12’ Mural Art with International Avenue BRZ, Calgary

Art-in-residence at the Ottawa School of Art

Deputy-in-chief of Abronet/Ubuntu an African community bilingual magazine

A finalist of the Calgary Immigrants Distinction Awards 2016 for Art and Culture


“Sisay demonstrates his dedication to community vibrancy through his passion to help and find many ways to bring connection through art and story. This is seen through his work with children; his willingness to participate in the community; as well as through his passion to continue to publish a magazine that seeks to bridge the gaps for new immigrants adapting to Canadian culture.”
Anna B. BA, MEDes, MCIP, RPP
Project Manager – ARCH on the Avenue