Rusudan Khizanishvili (1979) lives and paints in Tbilisi, Georgia. She has received her two BFAs in Painting from J.Nikoladze Art School and from Tbilisi State Academy of Art. In 2004 Rusudan received her MA in Film Studies from Tbilisi State Academy of Art. Over the past fifteen years Khizanishvili has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions including Museum of Modern Art Tbilisi, Museum of Literature of Georgia, Tbilisi State Silk Museum, Mark Rothko Foundation at Daugavapils, Latvia, Galerie Am Roten Hof in Vienna, Austia, Arundel Contemporary in Arundel, UK, New Image Art Gallery in Santa Monica, USA, Kunstverein Villa Wessel in Iserlohn, Germany,  Norty Paris and Nil Gallery in Paris, France, Triumph Gallery and CUBE Gallery in Moscow, Russia, Assembly Room in New York, USA, 68 Projects in Berlin, Germany, Window Art Project in Tbilisi, Georgia, Annarumma Gallery in Napoli, Italy. In 2015 Khizanishvili represented Georgia among five other artists at the 56th Venice Art Biennale. Her works are in the collections of the Georgian National Museum; private collections of Stefan Simchowitz, LA and Ettore Rossetta, Italy; Breus Foundation, Moscow; Collezione Taurisano, Napoli, Italy. 

 

 

 

Khizanishvili’s paintings go against the grain of constructed identity as expected from a post-Soviet artist. By creating a powerful and unique visual vocabulary, she remains only loosely connected to the preoccupations of post-colonialism, addressing them in more abstract terms, rather than aspects of mastery and subjugation. The roles and strength of women are recurring themes in her work, with her canvases featuring archetypal heroines, constantly transforming themselves. According to hereditary mathematics, every human being now alive has received the genetic information of more than 4,000 ancestors. We carry within ourselves such an immense amount of cellular information that our brain cannot possibly process it. In response, our bodies begin to develop and reinforce additional senses, creating new personas, animals, trees, oceans, and tsunamis. Although we might be physically stuck in rooms for now, within us we create brand new worlds, build aqueducts, bridges and highways, we travel far away and return from other dimensions.

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