Yigezu Bisrat, an eminent Ethiopian artist, was born in
Addis Ababa to
Memre Bisrat HabteMariam and
Weyzero Sahlemariam Teshame in 1926. He was one of the first graduates of Kine Tibeb School (School of fine
arts) in 1946 and was apprentice to Ato Abebe Giorgis and Ato Agenehu Engeda. He was married to
Weyzerit Fetlework Hailemariam and had a
daughter before his wife's
Ato Yigezu had an illustrious career as a
, author and educator. He was a pioneer in the adaptation and development of the Ethiopian alphabet
to fit the needs of modern times. Ato Yigezu's talents were frequently
called upon by His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellasie I for diplomas,
certificates, and other awards that were presented to Ethiopian nationals of achievement
as well as foreign dignitaries.
Ato Yigezu, as well as being an artist and
instructor at Addis Ababa University school of fine arts, also worked in the
ministry of education. Yigezu Bisrat died in Addis Ababa in 1979.