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Ghostly Portraits and Mythical Figures - Artist Rusudan Khizanishvili

InterviewsErika BelavyComment

This week we're turning our attention East, to the former soviet republic of Georgia where our featured artist, Rusudan Khizanishvili, is based. With many exhibitions and residencies, as well as an upcoming presence at the Venice Art Biennale, she is a worthy choice for our featured artist of the week. By using, adapting and merging a variety of styles Rusudan has created a portfolio that will leave you impressed.

Inspired by the old masters, she creates semi-mythical, allegorical ideals transported into contemporary settings. She paints aching portraits that stare out at you with questioning eyes. Rusudan mixes together shadowy, barely visible whites, sleepy blues and nightmarish greens to create a darkly seductive atmosphere. The sinister underworld of the evening is explored in a series of striking, beautiful paintings. Restless shapes cast the scenes into chaos as ghostly figures watch on from the peripheries. Each image draws the viewer in and demands a second look. These are not paintings for the faint hearted, as attitude and talent work together, hand in hand. (Extract from London Art, 2011)

How did you decide to become an artist?

I was 9 years old when I started to learn art in Art School. Before attending Art College and the State Academy of Art and I was certain that I would be an Artist :) and never regret or change my first wish and decision!

What is your process, when starting a new painting?

Firstly I make and abstract background for my paintings and then I paint some figures and faces there... I am figurative artist - for me it is really very important to make art that tells a story.

Your paintings feel very alive, what inspires you?

I always get inspiration from good books and films and of course from music.

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?

I would like to reach a self-perfection :)

Which superpower would you have and why?

I would love to travel in time myself or have any kind of "time machine" It is so exciting to see how the people lived 1000 years ago for example :))

Check out Rusudan’s work here. 

Rusudan Khizanishvili is a painter living and working in Tbilisi, Georgia. She was born in 1979 and received her B.A. in Painting from J.Nikoladze College of Art. Graduating with a painting degree from the Tbilisi state Academy of Art, Rusudan went on to complete an MA in Media in 2005. With influences drawn from great artists such as Gauguin and Cezanne, Khizanishvili's work visibly acknowledges the history of painting and the paintings of the great masters. Her confident use of colour, combined with a palpable and often sensuous handling of oil paint demonstrates a maturity beyond her years.  She is often invited in different festivals and art residencies, most importantly from Mark Rothko's residence. She recently participated in a large group exhibition of Georgian artists, Artist Book, which was exhibited in the Georgian National Historical Museum.  All ten of her works were bought by Museum and were given to the Georgian cultural heritage.

2014 – ArtArnhem,Netherlands

2014 – Personal Exhibition with Nino Morbedadze, “No Name”,Sfumato Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia

2014- Group Exhibition, Maureg Gallery, Paris, France

2015 – Group Exhibition “ Artist’s Book” , Georgian National Museum of History,Tbilisi,Georgia

Upcoming – Venice Art Biennale