Artist's Biographical Note

Levan Songulashvili (born 1991) is a New York-based visual artist. He earned his M.F.A. with honors from The New York Academy of Art in Painting and his B.F.A. from The Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in Drawing and Printmaking.

In 2017, USA has recognized Levan Songulashvili as an extraordinary artist and awarded him with an EB1 Permanent residence Green Card E16 Category — Alien With Extraordinary Ability, which is known as a “Genius Visa”. 

Songulashvili’s work is held in public and private collections worldwide. He is the first Georgian artist whose works were selected for the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Museum, NY, along with the paintings of legendary artists.

In 2015-16, Songulashvili’s works were presented and sold at Take Home a Nude auction at Sotheby’s Auction House in NY.

Songulashvili received a number of national and international awards, including: The New York State Assembly Award for Achievements and Contribution to the Arts; The NYAA Merit Scholarship Award, and Portrait Award; Prime Minister’s Award; The International Education Center’s Full-Tuition Academic Scholarship Award.

In 2008, Levan Songulashvili have been rewarded for various achievements in arts by the President of Georgia.

The artist’s work has been exhibited in numerous prestigious national and international venues across USA and Europe, including Saatchi Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Sotheby’s, Booth Gallery, Olympia Exhibition Center, Wilkinson Gallery, among others. 

Songulashvili’s works has been featured in The New York TimesThe Guardian, Studio Visit, Iggy Pop Life Class book, Spiegel Online, Público, Hint Magazine , Art Magazine, Fantastic Man, and has also been written about in Public Encyclopedia “Faces & Names”, ArtistADay, Amarta Magazine, Georgian Journal, Beau Monde, Indigo Magazine, Art People Gallery, TSAA’s art book “The Art of Painting”, as well as other publications.

Levan Songulashvili also writes psychological prose, essays, verses and plays the piano.

 


 

Early Life

 

Levan Songulashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began to paint from childhood. Because of his particular interest in and a special talent of painting his mother had him attend painting and drawing classes at The National Students and Youth Palace, at an early age. Levan painted figurative compositions, bible and mythology scenes, portraits, since he was 6. At the age of nine, he was able to easily handle the most complex artistic tasks, on which the Art Academy students were working on. Since then, he was actively participated in many group, local and international art shows, festivals and art competitions.

In 2008, as a token of his achievements, the President of Georgia awarded the young artist with a special prize and a letter of recognition.

A wide scale solo exhibiton of Songulashvili’s artwork was held in Tbilisi, in 2009. The same year, Levan enrolled at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, where he was awarded a full-tuition scholarship. In 2010, Levan’s second solo show was held in Georgia.

In 2011, the 19 years old artist was invited to Germany as part of the visual art project, where he designed a play along with his German counterparts. The western culture, German 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.

Songulashvili’s art pieces received the highest esteem from artists and art critics at a diploma work exposition in 2013, at which a series of psychological portraits was presented, followed by significant success.

The renowned art-world professionals have referred to Levan’s artworks as “unique art and an extraordinary talent”.

In 2014, after graduating from the Tbilisi State Academy of Art, Levan left for the USA. He became the first Georgian student ever, who was doing his master’s at the New York Academy of Art, founded by Andy Warhol, after he had won a scholarship award of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Academy Scholar Merit Award.

In 2015, Levan became the winner of the Portrait Scholarship Award and the International Education Center’s Competition Award. On April 13, 2015, Songulashvili’s works of art were shown at Tribeca Ball 2015. In the summer of 2015, Levan received an offer of employment in Jeff Koons’s Manhattan Studio. On October 15, 2015, Songulashvili’s The Jellyfish was sold to an American art collector at “Take Home a Nude” auction, held at Sotheby’s in New York.

On November 4, 2016, The New York Times and The Guardian published Iggy Pop portraits by Levan from the Brooklyn Museum collection. The resulting drawings were exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. The accompanying book “Iggy Pop Life Class” published by the Brooklyn Museum in association with Heni Publishing, London. On October 24, at New York’s Sotheby’s Auction House, where Levan’s ‘Nun’, painted in 2012, was selected among the works by the world’s leading artists, was sold to an American art collector. On September 25, Songulashvili was awarded by New York State Assembly for his achievements and contribution in arts. On September 15, this time in UK at London’s Saatchi Gallery, Songulashvili’s works were once again praised. On August 13, at Manhattan based Booth Gallery, a one-month-long exhibition called The Fourth Wall took place, where Songulashvili was presented among 15 international artists (Odd Nerdrum, Mercedes Helnwein, Adam Miller, Mike Cockrill, etc). on March 20, after Songulashvili’s success at London’s global art fair called Art16, a Belgian press published an article about the artist entitled “Existentialism in painting, discover the art of Levan Songulashvili”, where Songulashvili was distinguished among dozens of artists presented by galleries of 30 countries.

Education

2014—2017 Masters of Fine Arts / MFA
New York Academy of Art, New York, USA


2009—2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts / BA
Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia

Exhibition History

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Art Hall, Tbilisi, Georgia

2009 N. Dumbadze State Theatre Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 “Take Home a Nude 2017”, Sotheby’s, NY, USA

BWAC’s annual Black & White National Juried Exhibition, BWAC Gallery (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition), NY, US

Wilkinson Gallery, NY, USA

Tribeca Ball, NY, USA

2017 – 2016 “Iggy Pop Life Class”, Brooklyn Museum, NY, USA

2016 “Take Home a Nude 2016”, Sotheby’s, NY, USA

START Art Fair, SAATCHI Gallery, London, UK

Fourth Wall, BOOTH Gallery, NY, USA

ART16 Global Art Fair,Olympia, London, UK

Tribeca Ball, NY, USA

2015 “Take Home a Nude 2015”, Sotheby’s, NY, USA

Tribeca Ball, NY, USA

2014 Deck the Walls, Wilkinson Gallery, NY, USA

2013 Exhibition Hall of the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Tbilisi, GeorgiaTSAA “NATO” Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia

2012 Tbilisi State Conservatory Art Hall, Tbilisi, Georgia

2011 Art exhibition at the Ministry of Sport of Georgia / Tbilisi, GeorgiaArt Academy Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia

2010 Exhibition Hall of A. Griboedov Theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia

Exhibition Hall of Tbilisi Medical Institute / Tbilisi, Georgia

National Library, Tbilisi, Georgia

2009 The National Youth Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi Mayor’s Office, Tbilisi, Georgia

Elene Akhvlediani’s Art Gallery,  Tbilisi, Georgia

2007 Gallery HOBBY group exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia

2006 The National Youth Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia

2005 The National Youth Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia

2004 The National Youth Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia

Art pieces kept in Brooklyn Museum and in numerous private collections worldwide.

Awards & Nominations

Nominations

2016 – Ego Awards​​  for “The Discovery of the Year”

2015Georgian Public Broadcaster’s Awards for “The Best Artist Of The Year”

Awards & Grants

2017 People’s Choice, National Art Exhibition, BWAC Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

The International Education Center (IEC) of Georgia’s Full Tuition Academic Scholarship Award

2016 New York State Assembly Award for achievements and contribution to Art

The International Education Center (IEC) of Georgia’s Full Tuition Academic Scholarship Award

2015 The International Education Center (IEC) of Georgia’s Full Tuition Academic Scholarship Award

New York Academy of Art Portrait Scholarship Award

2014 Academy Scholar Merit Award of the Admissions and Scholarship Committees

“Master and Doctoral Program” Full Tuition Scholarship Award, Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (MES)

2013—2010 Tbilisi State Academy of Arts scholarship

2009—2013 Full Tuition Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia

2012 International Certificate, international festival “Inter Art Batumi”

2011 Winner of JSC TBC Bank Scholarship for the Art Project in Germany

2010 Award and certificate of the Ministry of Education and Science for monumental painting as part of “Developing Inclusive Education at 9 Public Schools of Georgia” project of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia

National Library’s award for the successful participation in the open doors day

2008 Special prize and letter of appreciation for achievements from the President of Georgia

2008—2006 Awarded for successful participation in the Georgian Language Section of the Republican Educational and Art Conference

2007 Winner of I degree diploma at IV exhibition/competition of the Hobby Gallery

2006 Winner of I degree diploma at III exhibition/competition of the Hobby Gallery

National Youth Palace Fine Art Section award for active and successful participation in various exhibitions over years

2005 Winner of I degree diploma at II exhibition/competition of the Hobby Gallery

2004 Winner of I degree diploma at I exhibition/competition of the Hobby Gallery

2004 Winner of the international art competition “Niamori”

Publications, Press & Media

2017 AMARTA Magazine

2017 Artistaday.com

2017 LEVAN SONGULASHVILI, The Jellyfish (2016) – Paddle8

2016 Iggy Pop: Musician, Icon — and Now, Live Nude Model – The New York Times

2016 Levan Songulashvili – Young Georgian discovery of world art – Georgian Journal

2016 Raw power: why Iggy Pop posed naked for Jeremy Deller’s Life Class – The Guardian

2016 Georgia’s Levan Songulashvili among famous artists in Sotheby’s auction – Agenda.ge

2016 Levan Songulashvili’s “The Nun” sold at Take Home a Nude auction at Sotheby’s – Georgian Journal

2016 Creative artist Levan Songulashvili displays piece in New York – Agenda.ge

2016 “Existentialism in painting, discover the art of Levan Songulashvili” (Existentialisme in de schilderkunst, ontdek de kunst van Levan Songulashvili) – The Art Couche

2016 Top London fair shines spotlight on two Georgian artists – Agenda.ge

2016 LEVAN SONGULASHVILI, The Nun (2012) – Paddle8

2016 Georgian artist Levan Songulashvili shines at Tribeca Ball in NY – Agenda.ge

2016 Studio Visit (A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists) volume 33

2016 Levan Songulashvili – Art People Gallery

2016 The Jellyfish in Manhattan – INDIGO Magazine

2015 “I have very far-reaching goals” – Young Georgian Maestro sets about conquering the world with his brush – Georgian Journal

2015 I created “The Jellyfish” back in my native country, did not I?! – Kviris Palitra Magazine 

2015 LEVAN SONGULASHVILI,The Jellyfish (2013) – Paddle8

2015 Levan Songulashvili Features at Sotheby’s Art Auction – CBW

2015 Georgia Today

2015 Art Economist

2015 NewsGeorgia

2015 News.smi2

2015 Dlmn.info

2015 Artinfo

2015 liveinternet

2015 Info9

2015 PrimeTime

2015 Pia

2015 Commersant

2015 Goodnews

2015 Etanews

2015 Svobodnaya.info

2015 Sputnik-Georgia

2015 Geonews

2015 News.vitube

2015 Newsday

2015 Ipovne

2015 Amboben

2015 KKK

2015 BPN

2015 Alva

2015 Intermedia

2015 Gramlove

2014 “Kvira” / Apr 15, 2014 / Online Magazine

2013 The Elite

2011 Generation+

2011 Public Encyclopedia “Faces & Names”

2011 TSAA art manual “Art of Painting”

2010 Georgian annual Encyclopedia Sakhelebi / “Faces & Names”

2010 Our Writers

2009 Beau Monde

2009 The Spring

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