"The most essential basis of Zaza Tuschmalischvili's artistic work is undoubtedly to be found in the artistic traditions of his native Georgia."
Born in Gori / Georgia
1971 – 1979
Art schools in Gori and Tskhinvali / Georgia
1979 – 1982
Military time in St. Petersburg (slogans and portrait painting)
1982 – 1988
Academy of Arts in Tbilisi / Georgia. Specialization in fresco restoration
1991 – to date
Living and working in Berlin
1989 – 1991
Exhibitions in Tbilisi, Moscow
1992 – 2022
Exhibitions GBG in Baden-Baden, Berlin, Frankfurt, Bad Homburg, Husum. Georgian Culture Days in Gothenburg, Zurich, Kronberg.
International art fairs GBG in Brussels, Hamburg, Sylt, Strasbourg, Geneva, Marbella, Paris, Salzburg, Gent, Rotterdam, Dublin, London, Essen, Leipzig,Dresden, Nice
Berlin-Alexanderplatz, competition winner of the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, year-round exhibition
2007 – 2017
Georgia Berlin Gallery, Bleibtreustr. 17, Berlin Charlottenburg - permanent exhibition
2018 – to date
Georgia Berlin, Joachim-Friedrich-Str. 55, 10711 Berlin
The brilliant but controversial Salvador Dali once said that his art requires no explanation – that one should be able to look at it with an untutored eye, like a child, or a fisherman from his village. The same can be said for viewers of Zaza Tuschmalischvili’s paintings.
It isn’t necessary to be knowledgeable about the history of art or to know the origin and career of the painter in order to appreciate the work. But Zaza has a particularly interesting story.
He was born 60 years ago in Georgia, but for the past 30 years has been living in Berlin. His work cannot be classified as Surrealist, Expressionist or Cubist – any of these labels would be naive or incomplete in his case. Instead, while drawing on the styles of various artists from these movements, Zaza’s work displays an astonishing variety and a totally independent style. All of his pictures, varied as they are in subject matter, technique and creativity, speak directly to the senses. Just like Dali’s, they captivate the viewer and transport him or her to a fantasy land, a land of dreams, memories, fears and desires.
Each of his paintings stands alone; each is a unique and distinctive work. He draws on an inexhaustible reservoir of ideas held together by central symbols like the fish, the tree, the cherub or the bull, to give a few examples. His painting technique over the years has included oil, watercolor and tempera. More recently he has experimented with new techniques, blending watercolor and egg tempera, sometimes supplementing this combination with pencil.
Zaza’s paintings convey a feeling of warmth, light and brightness. Even in pictures which are dominated by a cool blue color, there are windows open to the light of a bright sunny day. In his Cubist-influenced collages, shaped patches of color convey this feeling of brightness and warmth reminiscent of both the Mediterranean and Zaza’s home country, Georgia.
This warmth is derived not only from the atmospheric coloring of his paintings, it is also perceptible in the themes of love, childhood and play which illuminate so much of his work. In all his pictures, this painter astonishes with his unbounded imagination and his artistic perception of the world. Clearly, Zaza Tuschmalischvili is compelled to express himself through his paintings. It is perhaps germane to his life’s work that Zaza, a gifted and sensitive child, did not start to speak until he was four years old. Even today, painting is a kind of language for him. With it he can talk and tell stories. His pictures are always a part of himself, touching the viewer with their authenticity and emotion. We are reminded of things that we know deep within ourselves, yet which are revealed to us in new ways through the eyes of the painter.
This book sets out to capture the astonishing range of Zaza’s subjects, styles and techniques and the warmth and dynamism of his colors and themes. His is an extraordinary talent; a talent for brilliant fantasy…a talent welcomed and appreciated by art lovers around the world.
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