Aklilu Temesgen graduated from Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2004, specializing in painting. He earned his Master's degree in Sweden and has presented in gallery exhibits in Sweden, Ethiopia and Los Angels, CA. He enjoys playing with different themes and using vivid colors in order to speak about what he observes. As a Master's degree student at The University of Warsaw, Aklilu presented a lecture at Harvard University in the summer of 2016 titled The Effects of Globalization on Art Education. In addition to his art, Aklilu is actively involved in teaching children and giving back through community service activities.