He was born in 1950 in Arat Kilo, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Kosrof studied at the School of Fine Arts in Addis Ababa from 1967 to 1972, graduating with distinction and receiving an Award from Emperor Haile Selassie. From 1975-76 he was the first alumnus invited to become a faculty member at the school. In 1978, he came to the U.S. and settled in Washington, D.C., where he began his M.F.A. studies at Howard University. Kosrof completed his degree in 1980, and in 1984 moved to Plainfield, Vermont, to teach at Goddard College. From 1989 to 2000 he also taught summer courses in acrylic painting to high school students at Vermont Governor's Institute on the Arts.
In 1991 he moved to California, first Mendocino, and then Sacramento, teaching undergraduate art courses at Union Institute, Sacramento. In 1995, he moved to Berkeley, and returned to Ethiopia for his first visit since leaving in 1977.
2003 My Ethiopia: Recent paintings by Wosene Worke Kosrof, organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, and the Newark Museum (traveling)
2002 Solo exhibit at Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, St. John's, Antigua.
2001 Solo exhibit at the Folkens Museum Etnografiska in Stockholm, Sweden
1993-2002 Exhibitions in California, Ethiopia, New Orleans, Louisiana, Washington, D.C., New York City.
1992 Juried exhibition, Crocker Museum, Sacramento
1989-90 Solo exhibits of works from Africa: The New Alphabet, Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock, VT
1987 Solo exhibition of works from the Graffiti series at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
1986 Solo at AVA Gallery in Hanover, NH
1978 Exhibition at Elan Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1973-1976 Exhibitions in and around Addis Ababa
1972 "Africa Creates", New York City
Work in Permanent Collections:
Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Voelkerkunde Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
National Museum of Contemporary Ethiopian Art, Addis Ababa
United Nations, New York
Rockefeller Collection, New York City
World Bank, Washington, D.C.
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Zora Neale Hurston Museum, Orlando, Florida
City Hall, Addis Ababa
University of California Medical Center, Davis, California
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, M.D.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Lynchburg, V.A.
Goethe Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
French Cultural Institute Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
School of Fine Arts, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia