Eyasu Telayneh was born and raised in Bahir Dar and later relocated to Addis Ababa where he continues to live and work. He studied at the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Design and subsequently graduated from the Painting Department of Ale School of Fine Art and Design in 2017.
Telayneh's practice reflects his interest in mathematics and physics, with a strong emphasis on geometry, form and colour synthesis as a way of building up a picture plane and making sense of reality which is often at odds with perfection. Exhibitions to date include Alliance Ethio - Francaise, Addis Ababa (2021), Barnard, Cape Town (2020), Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa (2019), Ale School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa (2017) and National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (2017).
In 2020 he won the Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI) Award, a Pan-African prize for emerging painters, dedicated to supporting emerging contemporary painting and painters across the continent, and building a diverse Afro-centric vision of contemporary art made in Africa. EPI announced the winners for its 2020 edition at an online event hosted by Strauss & Co. Exhibitions to date include Alliance Ethio, Addis Ababa (2021), Barnard, Cape Town (2020)