Born in Ethiopia, Awol Erizku, is the artist who took the famous Beyonce’s pregnancy photo which is now the most liked Instagram post of all time.

By Lola Mosanya (BBC Newsbeat) |

The photo of Beyonce wearing a veil and cradling her stomach has now been liked over eight million times.

This might not be a big deal for the 35-year-old singer. But it’s a huge accomplishment for Awol Erizku, the artist who took the famous photo – and the entire series of pregnancy photos that Beyonce has since uploaded to her website.

Who is Awol Erizku?

Born in Ethiopia, 28-year-old Awol grew up in the South Bronx area of New York.

In 2014, he graduated from Yale University with a masters in fine art and his work often fuses photography, video installations and sculpture.

And while he’s now responsible for the most liked picture on Instagram, Awol has a humble following on his own social media accounts.

He has a strange way of using social media to share his work

If you’ve tried to find more of his work on Instagram after seeing his portrait of Beyonce, you probably know already that his page is closed for business.

The 28-year-old treats his Instagram account like an art gallery, where he hosts Instagram-only art shows.

For example, his account has detail about “gallery” opening hours: timings for when his feed is opened up for public viewing.

He combines his art with music

With each of his exhibitions, Awol has released what he calls a conceptual mixtape.

Think of this as a kind of soundtrack to the artist’s latest creations.

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