Tolia Astakhishvili

Happy, 2020

25 x 30 cm

Oil, acrylic on canvas

Unique, signed


Tolia Astakhishvili's installations, paintings and drawings are characterized by a very specific relationship to materiality and space. Coming from architecture, Astakhishvili's approach involves a fascination with the remains and traces of buildings and objects that have been lived in, worn out, or used up over time. Her work tends to adopt this logic of layering and superimposition, both literally in the enveloping settings she develops and in the design of her characters - her figurations often combine humor, directness, and intentional sweetness with darkness, eroticism, and violence - seemingly contradictory states that coexist and unfold in her work. Tolia Astakhisvili's (b. Tbilisi) work has been exhibited at Kunsthall Malmö, Sweden; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2019); Cabinet Gallery, London (2018); and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK (2018). Astakhishvili lives and works in Berlin.

Tolia Astakhishvili, Happy, 2020

Tolia Astakhishvili, Happy, 2020