"As an artist, I'm inspired by the dichotomy of the harlequin character and the vibrant, yet contrasting, colors of gems such as sapphires, opals, and emeralds. The harlequin symbolizes the balance of light and dark, joy and sadness, and order and chaos. This duality is reflected in my use of positive and negative space, which creates a dynamic visual tension in my work. The use of color, inspired by the rich hues of sapphires, opals, and emeralds, adds another layer of complexity and depth to my compositions..."
"...The interplay between light and dark, as well as the luminous quality of the gems, imbues my art with a sense of otherworldly beauty and wonder. Through my art, I strive to explore the intricacies of the human experience and to create a visual language that transcends boundaries and speaks to the soul. I hope that my work evokes a sense of mystery, wonder, and delight, inviting viewers to delve deeper into the layers of meaning and emotions that I have woven into each piece." – Gabriel
Born in Ethiopia, Gabriel moved to Los Angeles in 2005, where he began cutting Ethiopian opals shortly after they were first discovered in northern Ethiopia in 2006. His initial experience with these opals was cutting and polishing, which ultimately led to his exploration into designing and crafting his own jewelry. Today Gabriel displays his jewelry art at fine art shows. You can also find a selection of his jewelry online.
Gabriel has won recognition for his craft at a number of fine art shows including earning 1st place in the jewelry art category at the Beverly Hills Art show of 2017, and the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival of 2021. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.