Levan Songulashvili

Levan Songulashvili (b. 1991) is a Georgian-born New York-based visual artist; painter, draughtsman, installation and multimedia video artist. Award-winning works and multimedia installations are shown in art galleries, private collections, and museums worldwide, including the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Museum and The Rustaveli National Theater. He have collaborated with Turner Prize-winning artist – Jeremy Deller, American rock star – Iggy Pop, Japanese fashion designer – Issey Miyake, photographer – Yuriko Takagi, composer – Giya Kancheli; Work has been exhibited alongside pieces by Egon Schiele, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina Abramović, Spencer Tunick, Yoko Ono, Odd Nerdrum, among others. Songulashvili began painting in early childhood. At the age of 19, after the artist’s solo show in Georgia, he was invited to Germany as part of the art project. The western culture, German and French philosophy and psychoanalysis has influenced the young artist’s world view, and he proceeded to new creative experiments and conceptual research on his return to Georgia, which was a beginning of a new stage in his art. At the age of 21, he won several merit scholarships and art prizes and became the first Georgian artist who earned his Master’s (M.F.A.) degree with honors from The New York Academy of Art (founded by Andy Worhol) in Painting. After graduation he was TA for ‘Art & Culture’ MFA course at the same university.  In 2018, the artist’s works were presented in the group exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts ahead of the venue’s 250th anniversary and ‘Art Geneve’, Switzerland, followed by his art residency show in Berlin, Germany. The idea of mutability and possession of an independent sense of emergent identity is of great concern to Songulashvili, particularly as it relates to the recent re-emergence of Georgia as an independent and autonomous state in 1991 — the year of the artist’s birth.