Based in Berlin, the artist Gogi Gelantia works primarily in oil and acrylic on canvas. Gelantia is best known for his emotional landscape paintings of monumental scale. Verging on the abstract, he has developed a synthesis of mythical symbolism and an expressive use of colours.
Born in Georgia in 1960, Gelantia received his diploma in fine art from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1992. His participation in the International Symposium of Artists and Sculptors in Halle, Germany signalled his break-through in central Europe. Upon moving to Berlin, Gelantia continued to develop his practice. Though inspired by his new Central European environment, Gelantia’s past in post-Soviet Georgia continues to influence his work.
Gelantia has exhibited in a range of galleries and art fairs internationally such as in New York, Rotterdam, Tbilisi and Berlin. Participating in group shows as well as solo-exhibitions, Gelantia’s works have met with great enthusiasm amongst gallerists and collectors.
"Having grown up in post-Soviet Georgia, I longed to gain access to the cultural variety of central Europe. Upon my move to Germany in the late nineties, I was greatly inspired by the host of new impressions the vibrant art scene had to offer. My newly ignited imagination led me to experiment with new techniques and reach a greater depth in my artistic practice. This new-found freedom allowed my practice to be guided by my soul rather than the rules and conventions I had studied at the Art Academy in Georgia. I aspire to gain access to deeper emotions through my art, working in solitude in the night. Letting my brush wander over the canvas, I allow my next move to be shaped by my intuition. The colours and textures are inspired by my emotions and my experiences. I thus have a personal attachment to the resulting works, but I believe that they truly come alive in the eyes of the beholder. I thrive on the reactions of the spectators of my works and the emotions that my compositions evoke. Art is a mode of expression and a platform for highlighting our inherent similarities and shared experiences as a human race. I believe my paintings are best described as emotional landscapes that address the audience’s subconscious."
1976-1979 College of Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia
1979-1992 Diploma in Fine Art Painting at the State Academy of Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia
1992-1996 Teacher in Painting, Graphics and Woodcutting, Tbilisi
2012-2018 Tutor at KinderKunstWERKStatt (KKW), Berlin
1998 Group Exhibition, Schloss Beesenstedt Gallery, Halle
Group Exhibition, Gallery Sergei Popov, Berlin
1999 Group exhibition, National Galerie, Tbilisi
2001 Galerie Pillango, Berlin
2002 Solo Exhibition, BB-Bank, Berlin
2003 Galerie im Russischen Haus, Berlin
2007 Galerie Nering+Stern, Berlin
2008 PALASTgalerie, Berlin
2009 Galerie Pillango, Berlin
2010 Solo Exhibition, Finanzcenter Koerner, Berlin
2012 Galerie C16 Camera Sedici, Berlin
2014 Group Exhibition, Artkate Fine Art Galerie, Berlin
2016 “Platz unter der Sonne”, Galerie Morgenrot, Berlin
2019 Solo Exhibition, Schloss Groß Bartensleben
1997 “International Art Symposium,” Halle
2000 “Kunstmesse Grand Marche,” Berlin
2004 Art Event, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2005 Art Event, Den Haag, Netherlands
2006 Art Event, Antwerpen, Belgium
2008 Art Expo, New York
2017 Berliner Liste, Berlin