Misha Gogritchiani: "In the '90s when my generation
of artists started to exhibit our paintings were years of survival
in Georgia, one of the post-Soviet republics. We had scarce information
about art trends in other countries. Now, I think that maybe
this disadvantage even helped me to find my own path. Many were
saying that oil paint was a medium of the past. But I was interested
to visualize my thoughts in oil painting. Then and now, art is
not just work for me. It is my whole world. Art is Life."
Misha is a trans avant-garde
artist, working in a style of minimal art. After graduating from
Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts, he quickly became one of
the prominent artists of Georgia. He had several solo and group
exhibitions in Georgia as well as in Europe and the US. One of
the exhibitions, called "the last east European show"
(2002) where Misha represented Georgia, was named as the best
European show of the year.