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Location: Tbilisi, Georgia

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Artwork by: Giorgi Areshidze (Reshka)

George Areshidze (Reshka) was born in 1977 in Tbilisi, Georgia. After the completion of secondary education he left for Moscow where he made his first steps in fine arts. After his return from Russia in 1996 he entered Tbilisi State academy of art, faculty of Scenic art.
His first personal exhibition "Iron Hatchet" took place in 1998 (Tbilisi Historical Museum). More than 40 works were presented at the exhibition. These works were different in style and quite ambitious for his age.

1998-2000 Areshidze participated in various mixed exhibitions and at the same time worked on a new project "The Stream". This project was hosted by N Gallery in 2000. Unlike his first exhibition the author used new means of expression – performance evolving against the background of the artist’s paintings and graphic works. This kind of exhibition-performance is not limited by the minimalist approach to the concept.
Areshidze continues to use the elements of theatrical show, emphasizes the role of music and experiments in his art up to day.

From 2000 to 2002 he worked on two different projects. A 15-minutes video "Assimilation" emphasizes social problems and is more aggressive than the second project "She is at home" were the author uses photo collage to convey the changes in his private life. In 2002 both projects were presented at the experimental art festival "Caravan Sarai" in Saloniki, Brussels and Paris.
At the same time Areshidze attended classic arts course in drawing at Ledi Lapachi’s studio. Most of the works of this period are drawings in sanguine.
The following project was "Cosmic Dust" in 2004. George betrayed the main concept of movement, which dominated in his project "The Stream". The new project conveyed the idea of immovability. "Stop to perceive the texture" - became a main philosophical priority of the artist.

In 2006 Areshidze presented a resume of his past projects and works. The exhibition "First Steps" and the catalogues with same name chronologically represented George's growth as an artist.
From 2006 to 2009 he participated in various international projects, invited to Moldova and Latvia, where he focused on painting. That is when his attitude altered in regards to color, creating a series of paintings, which were distinguished by their individual writing style. During that period the artist pursued abstract expressionism, at the same time not ceasing to experiment on texture and frequently referring to the stylization of portrait. In 2007 his works were exhibited in Berlin, the project named “Gesicht der Zeit”. This very project was followed by art auction. In 2009, George Areshidze was exhibited in Vienna, Austria, where he presented paintings with various contexts.

In 2012, after a long pause, George Areshidze was exhibited along with the designer Sofie Butskhrikidze. The exposition, named “Dual verse” contained over 40 paintings. The same year, the artist conducted another experiment in front of the live audience, simultaneously creating 2 meters wide art piece inspired by sound and poetry. In 2013 he held a personal exhibition at the “Art Avenue” Gallery, where he presented the pictorial series executed in abstract expressionism.

Currently, the artist lives in Tbilisi and actively works in the field of painting.