Helen Zeru Araya was born in Addis Ababa in 1987. She lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Araya studied economics at Bahir Dar University before enrolling at Addis Ababa University of Fine Art from where she achieved her BFA in 2008. After her graduation she studied photography with DESTA for Africa foundation for one year. She is an active member of Netsa Art Village, works as a studio artists and freelance photographer, and as an art-therapist for several local NGO’s. Helen works with photography, video art, performance, painting and charcoal drawings. Her works often start as reflections of personal and emotional themes, and ends up entering a broader social context, touching upon relevant and pressing issues in society.