Born in Addis Ababa in 1973, Adnew graduated from the Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, in 1995 with a diploma in graphics. It was during his work as a professional printing designer at Adwa Textile Factory where he implemented flat form art techniques.
His membership of the Kitab Studio, where he interacted with members of the studio, enabled him to enrich his career while his membership as a founding member of Netsa Art Village led him to experiment with found objects and recycling.
Adnew has participated in more than 30 group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in Ethiopia, Uganda and Malta. He will be represented by Addis Fine Art gallery at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London this year.