Izzat A. Haile is a self-taught Ethiopian visual artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and Graduate architect. His body of work ranges from paintings to visual identity and spacial design. Haile received a bachelor’s degree in architectural design in 2017 and has been working as an independent artist collaborating with several individuals and organizations to promote arts in Ethiopia as a tool for self-expression and communication.
He has been working closely with organizations such as Poetic Saturdays, an organization that provides a safe platform for amateur performance artists, and Nomad Ethiopia; a collective that showcases DJs and producers playing innovative Afro-electronic music. His work with these and other similar collaborative projects has seen surrealist and futuristic characters featured in The Ethiopian Reporter and the Matador Review.
He is currently working as co-founder and Creative Director of Zellan Creative cultural center; A center designed to be a home for creatives with the intent to build a fair and viable Ethiopian creative ecosystem that can uplift the cultural and creative economy. The project is born out of the need for a professional and sustainable ecosystem that will prevent impassioned people from losing their momentum because of a lack of recognition.