Karaman Kutateladze, the grandson of Kiril Zdanevich and now the director of Art Villa Garikula is one of those few persons who is a bridge between avant-garde and contemporary art. He grew up in Georgia, but in late 80s he lived in Paris and then in the USA.
The exhibition “Wherever I go, Water Follows” simultaneously unites the well-known and the distant, the existing and nonexistent, the seen and unachievable, abandoned and imaginary notions and locations that are impregnated in our memories and introduce a post-apocalyptic universe not marked on any map, but familiar to us from our reality or our dreams”.
Maia Naveriani is a Georgian artist who began working as a citizen of the Soviet Union and then moved to London. She currently lives and works in Tbilisi. Her works, executed primarily in colored pencil or watercolor on paper, are catalytic — charged with a jolt of life, and composed as if chasing after light.
Monochrome images of the cosmos are as mysterious as the cosmos itself. His creative mission is hard to convey verbally and the artist himself does not seek theoretical clarity either—to him, all this is the kind of work that may well be considered synonymous with our existence and life at large.
"AT WHAT PRICE?!" Show by Luca Lazar. It all began in Georgia, in the 1980s. Luka Lasareishvili, representing the second most important wave in the history of Georgian abstract art, is now one of the most renowned contemporary Georgian artists residing abroad, known by the name of Luca Lazar.
“AT WHAT PRICE?!" Zura Arabidze (1980). Series of objects, created with bits and pieces of shattered or damaged mirrors, were meant to convey the human self—its numerous versions, combined as one to form a unified whole—our inimitable personality.
Koka Ramishvili is a Georgian artist, who lives in Geneva, works with different mediums and any of his projects is distinguished by reflexivity and exquisite quality. His art biography is very diverse: embraces artistic quests for general problems, as well as personal and intimate spaces.
Cloth printing and the application of coloured threads, patterns and overlays have become new ways of artistic expression, with textile artworks being increasingly displayed at art exhibitions.
Solo travelling is a part of Tato’s life and, according to him; it does not happen for inspirational purposes, he travels alone to stay with himself and “listen to silence”.
David Kukhalashvili’s oeuvre incorporates motifs of Surrealism and Funk art, which the artist synthesizes for the purpose of conveying satirical content. He has authored a variety of critical pieces with dual meaning, which are bound to be stripped of their seemingly benevolent appearance, projected through vibrant colors and sharp silhouettes, as soon as the viewer takes a closer look, only to discover the inherently harsh, disparaging and bitterly critical narrative.
Vakho Bugadze is an artist who manages to strike a delicate balance between contrasting elements, combining brutal energy and sophisticated sensitivity to create a world free of tension in his works. Vakho Bugadze often focuses on depicting the nuances of the bodies of animals and birds, turning their natural shapes into a constant subject of his works.
Karlo Kacharava is a significant figure in the 1980 –1990s history of Georgian culture. He was multisided person: painter, poet, essayist and theorist. He left an indelible imprint on development of Georgian art.
Tato Akhalkatsishvili (born 1979) is one of the most outstanding visual artists of our time. His oeuvre encompasses a variety of genres and media, including painting, installations, objects, collages and video art.
The artist applied The gesso technique, characteristic to frescos of medieval centuries to create easel painting. Ateni Sioni frescos, seen in the expedition, have become his first inspiration. The tradition of eastern miniature and Georgian fresco co-exist in the artist’s works. The generalized world that the artist conveys in his compositions is at the same time remarkably real. Merab Abramishvili is a representative of the generation that said a new, avant-garde word in Georgian painting, in the event of weakening of the Soviet regime, and established itself as the "80s" generation in Georgian art.
The artist is regarded as a pioneer of the urban landscape in Georgian modernism. Her paintings are noted for the combination of decorative and painterly treatment - the use of a multitude of concrete details and generalized, almost abstract elements, the impression of depth and two-dimensionality, careful attention to detail, and application of broad, flat brushstrokes.
“It is a continuous process, creativity is continuous. You might be somewhere, not painting at all, but thinking of a drawing and the way you are painting it. This is a rule I have been following for 40 years” – Mamuka Tsetskhladze. His career dates back to the 1980s and continues to this day. The artist is mainly interested in architectural terrain and landscapes.
Niko Pirosmani has remained in art history as the greatest Georgian artist of the modern era. His influence reaches artists worldwide. (In particular Pablo Picasso was intrigued by the work of Pirosmani, appreciating his unique style. ) His art is mostly focused on surrounding people’s lives, nature as well as various animals. With his minimalistic technique he deeply expresses the emotional side of his work as he presents marvelous scenes with real and surreal elements. His unique artwork is inspired by the mix of creative freedom, reality and independence.