Etiyé Dimma Poulsen was born in Ethiopia. After the untimely death of her mother she left the country and eventually ended up in Denmark, where she was adopted by her foster parents, hence the name “Poulsen”. Etiyé Dimma Poulsen studied art history. 

Etiyé Dimma Poulsen makes her art starting from the material act of handicraft, of handling matter. 

Her inspiration comes from traditional statues or tribal styles but with her own feelings and memories worked into them.

Etiyé Dimma Poulsen first makes an iron mesh of my statues. Then she put clay on it. The next step is painting the clay and then the whole thing goes in the oven and that is exactly the moment where chance takes over. ...Instead of making it is more like growing . It is always magic: the meeting of the elements earth and fire. Etiyé Dimma Poulsen finally discovers these new creatures from the dust.

Etiyé Dimma Poulsen is most known for creating filiform ceramic sculptures. "Her technique consists of applying a thin layer of clay on an iron mesh to produce, when fired, worn-out looking ‘primitive’ figures. The cracks that occur form an eye or a wrinkle, contributing to the expressions on the faces; thus strong and delicate features are achieved simultaneously.

Since 1990, Etiyé Dimma Poulsen has done individual exhibitions in Denmark, France, the USA, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Switzerland. Then, starting in 1992, she started doing group shows in Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Belgium, United States, and France.

Poulsen's work is in the collection of the National Museum of African History, Washington DC. 

Born in 1968 in Ethiopia. Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. 



Africa, Alexia Werrie Gallery (Tervuren, BE)


Ethnic, Alexia Werrie Gallery (Tervuren, BE)


Leonhard’s Gallery Antwerpen ‘Syncretically Yours’

Galerie GG. Bohrer Bonstetten Zürich
Capazza Nancay France
Galerie Claudine Legrand  Paris

Leonhard’s Gallery – Antwerpen ‘Blue Obsession’
Gallerie Ravier Bourreau  Noirmoutier (France)

‘A Human Journey’ – Leonhard’s Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Bedington Gallery Seillans (France)
Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris


Galerie Claudine Legrand, – Paris, France
Galerie GG.Bohrer – Bonstetten, Zürich, Switzerland

Capazza – Nançay, France
Galerie 23 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bekris Gallery – San Fransisco, US
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris
Galerie Terra Viva – Saint-Quentin-la-Potterie, France

“Traces of colour”, “Reminiscence” – Leonhard’s Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Bedington Fine Art – Bargemon, France
Galerie Elfie Bohrer – Zürich, Switzerland
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris, France
Galerie de l’ancienne Poste – Toucy, France

Galerie Genevieve Godard – Lille, France
Willem Elias – Woluwe, Belgium
Galerie Strenger – Tokyo, Japan
Bekris Gallery – San Fransisco, US
Centre d’art André Malraux – Colmar, France
Musée Théodore Deck – Guebwiller, France
Gallery Christa’s Fine Art – Copenhagen, Denmark

Permanent exhibition in Leonhard’s Gallery since 2008.
Galerie Strenger – Tokyo, Japan
Joie Lassiter Gallery – Charlotte, US
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris, France
Papirfabrikken Silkeborg – Denmark
European Parliament
Charteaux d’Ardelay – Les Herbiers, France
‘Black Womanhood’ – Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire, US
Worldbank -Washington, US    

Koloniënpaleis – Tervuren, Belgium
UNESCO – Paris, France
Galerie D’Haudrecy – Knokke, Belgium
Musée Maurice Denis – Paris, France
Galerie Elfie Bohrer – Bonstetten, Switzerland
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris, France
Wertz Contemporary – Atlanta, US 

Skoto Gallery -New York, US
Galerie Capazza – Nançay, France
Centre Culturel Scharpoord – Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Gallerie Des Emibois – Switzerland

Wertz contemporary gallery – Atlanta, US
Gallery Knud Grothe – Charlottenlund, Denmark
Gallery Marc Van Meensel Holland Art Fair – Den Haag, The Netherlands
Galerie Hamlin Honfleur – France
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris, France
Lineart – Ghent, Belgium
Galerie 23 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Museum of World Culture – Göteborg, Sweden
Lille Art Fair Gallerie Hamlin – Lille, France
Gallerie Genevieve Godar – Lille, France
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris, France
St’art 2004 Galerie Hamlin – Strasbourg, France

St’art – Strasbourg, France
Gallery Knud Grothe – Charlottenlund, Denmark
Smithsonian Museum of African Art – Washington, US
Galerie des Emibois – Switzerland
Galerie Hamlin Honfleur – France
Galery MAM, Douala – Cameroun
MOBA Gallery – Brussels, Belgium

Alliance Française, Addis Abeba – Ethiopia
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris, France

Gallery MAM, Douala – Cameroun
St’art 2001 – Strasbourg, France
October Gallery – London, UK
Artist in residence, Addis Ababa – Ethiopia
Château des Carmes – La Flèche, France

Biennale of Dakar – Senegal
Gallerie Hamlin Honfleur – France
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris, France
Galerie Capazza – Nançay, France

Gallerie des Emibois – Switzerland
Maison de la Ceramique – Mulhouse, France
Galerie Geneviève Godar -Lille, France

Galerie des Emibois – Switzerland
Galerie Claudine Legrand -Paris, France
Galerie MAM, Douala – Cameroun
Galerie Arts Pluriel – Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Bomani Gallery – San Fransisco, US
Afrique en Creation (Ministère de la Cooperation) – Paris, France
Centre Wallonie Bruxelles – Paris, France
Galerie Claudine Legrand – Paris, France

Centre Culturel – Meudon, France
Galerie Hamlin – Honfleur, France
Galerie Genevieve Godar – Lille, France

Cultural centre La Nacelle – Aubergenville, France

Industrial space Dong – Copenhagen, Denmark

Museum Collections:
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art – US
Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art – US
Hans Bogatzke, Collection of contemporary African art – Germany
Newark Museum – New Jersey, US
Hood Museum – Hanover, New Hampshire, US
La Piscine Musée d’art – Roubaix, France
World bank Washington Collection – US

2003 ‘double je’ Bernard Pivot
Trophées of the French language ‘Couleurs noirs’ Film of Bérengère Casanova T.V. Brussels

2000 – ‘Etiyé Dimma Poulsen’

Femmes du Feu / Women of Fire

Artworks from DIMMA POULSEN Etiye

exhibitions from DIMMA POULSEN Etiye