Liya Yitna was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and came to the United States in 2006 to pursue her studies. She studied Art at Georgia State University and graduated with a degree of Studio Arts. Art is her passion outside of being a mom and business professional. She often finds herself painting to release stress after a day at the office.
Liya uses watercolor, acrylic and oil as her medium. Her art is heavily influenced by her upbringing in Ethiopia. Her subject matter consists of native objects and images that hold with them very profound messages and ideas for a more peaceful life.
"Jebena", Ethiopian coffee pot and "Gojjo", the traditional Ethiopian cottage are recurring themes in her art. Their unique shape and significance in the Ethiopian community is what drives her interest. In Ethiopia, coffee ceremonies bring communities together. It is a therapeutic gathering where everyone shares and supports each other. Jebena art is meant to transcend this form of kinship.