b. 1983, Tbilisi (Georgia)
Having tried his hand at medicine and in the television industry, 23-year-old Chkheidze felt the urge to continue his search for meaning in a new professional capacity and in a new location, which happened to be the United States. New York City gave birth to Chkheidze the artist who, inspired by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Frank Stella and other minimalists, started seeing minimalism as the ultimate lingua franca, comprehensible and accessible to all.
Between 2010 and 2017 Chkheidze created series of experimental works, utilising various media and means of expression. His practice was built around visual effects. It was at this time that the artist came up with his signature technique – applying multiple layers of acrylic paint on canvas. Random natural and geometric shapes find their place in his works, fully embodied in minimalist compositions.
Many minimalists discourage viewers from reading too much into their works, but no one could call minimalism devoid of all meaning. When working on a painting, Chkheidze tries to block the inner monologue, ‘work from the void’. ‘There is meaning but no thoughts,’ says the artist who has adopted the process of making art as a means of existence. Chkheidze looks for inspiration in the depths of his consciousness, infinity, and dark matter. At the same time, his works are free of perceptible allusions, metaphors and glaring symbolism. He leaves the viewer room for interpretation.
2012 Graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Masters degree
2007 Graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Bachelors degree
2017 "AS IT IS”, Erti Gallery at Artarea, Tbilisi, Georgia.
2015 ”Imaginary landscape”, Vanda Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia.
2019 ALIEN TGB ArtProjects, Munich, Germany
2019 TAF-Tbilisi Art Fair,ERTI Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2019 Triumph Gallery 11th EXTENSION.GE. Curated by Daria Kravchuk Courtesy of ERTI Gallery
2018 TAF-Tbilisi Art Fair,ERTI Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2015 Chelsea, Contemporary Art from Georgia, Ney York, USA
2015 Tbilisi National Library, Tbilisi, Georgia 2013 “90’s Georgia” Tbilisi, Georgia
2013 “Contemporary portrait”, Tbilisi, Georgia
2018 VIENNACONTEMPORARY, Vienna, Austria