Misha Shengelia was born into the family of scientists. His grandfather – botanist Niko Ketskhoveli, was the rector of Tbilisi State University in 1945-1953. Alumnus of the Geology Department of the Tbilisi State University, he worked for some time at the Institute of Geology of the Georgian Academy of Sciences (1982-1989). He studied painting and drawing independently and was greatly influenced by modernist artists, whose works he saw for the first time in the book “Modern Painting. Contemporary Trends” which he happened to purchase in Leningrad from a secondhand bookseller. According to the artist, this book became his art-guide and tutor. At the beginning, the artist was selling his works on the streets – mostly on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi. The same continued in the city of Athens, where he attracted the attention of the public interested in art and his personal exhibition was organized on the island of Rhodes. Misha Shengelia’s first solo exhibition was held at the “Baia Gallery “in 1995 in Tbilisi. After that he established himself as an integral member within the Tbilisi artistic circles. In 1999, at the invitation of the Glasgow Center for Contemporary Art, he participated in a three-month residency program with several other Georgian artists and organized two solo exhibitions there. While travelling to London the mail carts with the inscription of “Royal Mail” caught his attention. That inspired him to create a series of postcard-paintings called “Replica Gallery”. The latter became the theme for his second solo exhibition titled “Royal Mail” that was held again at the “Baia Gallery” in 2007. The artist’s works are scattered in numerous private collections around the world. Great number of his paintings are kept in the privet collections. In 2022, Misha Shengelia’s works were purchased for the Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture, while Lena and Derek Mueller donated two works to the Museum.
Birth and Death1959-2020Share