Nigatu Tsehay was born and raised in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. He was started learning Drawing and sketching by Artist Tesfaye Nigatu who was a private art teacher at the “Medesh art center” in Addis Ababa. He received a BFA from Ale school of fine arts and design Addis Ababa University in 2005. From 2005 until 2008 he teaches Art as Assistant lecturer in the same University.  He received a scholarship from DAAD and later from KAAD for further study in Germany. In 2009 he recieved a recognition award from (Camillo-Michele-Gloria-Preis, GVS-Förderung Junge Künstler 2009). Nigatu completed a Diplom In fine art at the state academy of art and design Stuttgart in 2014.

Nigatu`s artworks has been displayed in various group and one-man shows. His work is part of private and corporate collections in Ethiopia and Europe.