In the 1980s, Niko Tsetskhladze (b.1959) was a member of the unofficial groups of artists – “10th Floor” and “Marjanishvili’s Workshop”. Since that period, he has been participating in various art projects and exhibitions. In the early 1990s, Niko Tsetskhladze and Oleg Timchenko conducted one of the first performances in Georgia in an open, public space, in the underground passage. Niko Tsetskhladze organized exhibitions in the newly opened exhibition halls of Caravanserai and then went to Berlin, where he arranged exhibitions of expressionist paintings at the home of publicist and translator Eke Maas. Niko Tsetskhladze and Sergo Parajanov have created several works together. Currently, the works are kept at the Sergo Parajanov Museum in Armenia. There were many interesting performances in Niko Tsetskhladze’s life. It is worth noting that the so-called “Caravanserai Performance”, which was about the abolition and devaluation of the Soviet currency, was held in the Baltic country, Narva, with Belarusian artist Igor Kashkurevich. Niko Tsetskhladze, with Temur Novikov, Oleg Katelnikov, and other artists, organized fascinating performances in St. Petersburg. His paintings were exhibited at the Montenegro Biennale, along with works by famous artists from Moscow, including conceptualist Ilya Kabakov, followed by exhibitions in Berlin, Nantes, Paris, etc. In 2009, “Born in Georgia” at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; in 2007, at the 10th International Istanbul Biennial; in 1998, at the “Siemens Sanat Art Gallery” in Turkey; and in 1997, at the “ifa Gallery” in Berlin, Germany. Niko Tsetskhladze lives and works in Tbilisi.
In the early 1990s, Niko Tsetskhladze and Oleg Timchenko conducted one of the first performances in Georgia in an open, public space, in the underground passage.