The Tibebe I know is a man of great integrity and a dear friend. There is also a wonderful, searching, and mystical spiritual quality about Tibebe. I think that comes through in his art as he evolves and plays with form in his paintings. It is a spirituality that cannot be catagorized specifically 100% any one religion. There is some mystery there….. something not quite known or pinpointed. I do not think he has not quite pinpointed what it is himself. But, he searches. that searching and willingness to reveal in the mystery of the spiritual came through in his art. I appreciate the
way his artistic course weaves from obvious depictions of life in Ethiopia that can be stylistically traced to some influence from his ancient birth culture to images that cannot be obviously traced to Ethiopia. This mix, to me, presents an artist who is routed in his homeland but who is always experimenting and growing without borders.
Ray Dirks, Artist, Writer, Curator (Winnipeg, Canada), 2002