Eteri Chkadua (born 1965 in Georgia) Is a artist and a designer. Currently she works and laves in NYC, Kingston (Jamaica) and Tbilisi (Georgia). After completing Academy of Arts in Tbilisi , Georgia, Eteri married American linguist Kevin Tuite and moved to United States in 1988. Eteri was one the very first Georgians who left country and could experience leaving in the free country , that most Soviets citizens couldn’t dream of late 80-is . She wanted to make most of it and by using her artwork share and inspire people she left behind. Her work introduces her culture, it’s traditions and shortcomings and troubles at the geopolitical gunpoint , while her Art took different directions in her 30 years . Her art touched various subjects : race , gender, feminism, ecology, tabooed traditions, gay rights , religion .With her “Magic Realistic ” paintings Eteri presented her native country in Venice Bienale in 2007 . Her paintings were subjected to solo exhibitions at the Luna Kulturhus Consthalen , Sodertalje , Sweden; Museum of Dolls and Museum of Literature , Tbilisi , Georgia;Her paintings were included in the group exhibitions ” Nude” , Aldrich Museum, Connecticut ; “Gender Check ” MUMOK, Vienna and National Museum, Warsaw, Poland ; “Neighbors ” at the Istanbul Modern , Istanbul, Turkey.
In 2010, Eteri in collaboration with her sibling designer Gocha Chkadua launched LuvBomb design jewelry/dart/interior decoration.
In 2011, while visiting her home town Tbilisi, Eteri in collaboration with Gocha started to produce ongoing project Alien Bloom –sculptural flora – entirely handcrafted from disposable plastic bottles. This project was designed to generates inquiry about sustainability and ecology and to triggered conversations about the recycling in her native country Georgia.