1988 Graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts with a diploma in Graphic Design 1990 Studied at Glasgow School of Art under a post-graduate exchange program Main Exhibitions 2019 “Perimeter”, Art Gallery Vanda, Tbilisi, one-man show 2019 “Parallels”, Joint exhibition of Alex Berdysheff and Jin Eui Kim, Arundel Contemporary, Arundel, West Sussex, UK. 2019 TAF, Tbilisi Art Fair, Art Gallery Vanda presentation, Expo Georgia, Tbilisi, group exhibition. 2018 “Untitled”, Arundel Contemporary, Arundel, West Sussex, UK, one-man show 2018 " Rimonim on Ironside #2", Rimonim Art Gallery, Miami, group exhibition 2017 “Under an Angel’s Wing”, Dolls Exhibition by Georgian artists, Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 "Expressing Space, New Art from Georgia" by Art Gallery Vanda, Foundation-Katara, Doha, Qatar, exhibition of seven artists 2017 "The Apple Tree", Rimonim Art Gallery, Miami, group exhibition 2017 Classic Photography Gallery, Moscow, Union of Georgian Artists exhibition 2017 "Rebus", Vake Art Gallery, Tbilisi, one-man show 2017 “Balancing Worlds”, Joint exhibition of Alex Berdysheff and Patricia Volk, FRBS, Arundel Contemporary, Arundel, West Sussex, UK. 2016 “The Seven Secrets”, ARTBEEP, Mayfair, London 2016 “Art4U” Rimonim Art Gallery, Miami 2016 International Print Festival LIFE-N-STYLE, TBC Art Gallery, Tbilisi. 2016 “A Path of Discovery”, Arundel Art Room, Arundel, West Sussex, UK, one-man show 2016 "Edges", Art Gallery Vanda, Tbilisi, one-man show 2016 New Light company showroom, new brands collection presentation, Tbilisi, one-man show 2016 ART PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, Palm Beach County Convention Center, Booth 409, Rimonim Art Gallery, Florida 2015 "Dreams and Realities", Rimonim Art Gallery, Miami, one-man show 2015 Exhibition of Modern Artists, National Creative Unity of Georgian Artists, Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi 2015 Art Wynwood, The Art Wynwood Pavilion, Booth A15, Rimonim Art Gallery, Miami 2014 “Cosmic Connections” Juried Exhibition, Art Basel Week, Miami 2014 “From Georgia with Love", Azerbaijan National Museum of Art, Baku, Azerbaijan 2014 "Extension", Art Gallery Vanda, Tbilisi, one-man show 2014 CONTINUUM, Sweet Art Gallery, Naples, FL, USA 2013 PUNCTUM-CONTRA-PUNCTUM II American version, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Fort Myers, FL, USA 2013 “Snowfall. Christmas Mixed Exhibition”, Arundel Art Room, Arundel, West Sussex, UK 2013 PUNCTUM-CONTRA-PUNCTUM II, International Exhibition of Visual Art, Georgian National Museum, National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia 2013 “Summertime Medley” Arundel Art Room, Arundel, West Sussex, UK 2013 Arundel Art Room, Arundel, West Sussex, UK, one-man show 2013 “INCOGNITO” Group Exhibition, Naples Museum of Art, Florida, USA 2013 The Exhibition of Modern Artists, Georgian National Museum, Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia 2012 PUNCTUM-CONTRA-PUNCTUM I, International Exhibition of Visual Art, Georgian National Museum, Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia 2012 "Retrospective", Vanda Gallery, Tbilisi, one-man show 2012 Arundel Art Room, Arundel, West Sussex, UK, one-man show 2012 “Vive le Surréalisme”, Arundel Art Room, Arundel, West Sussex, UK 2012 Inter Art Batumi, Batumi, Georgia, group exhibition 2012 “From Waste to Art”, International project, Gala settlement, Baku, Azerbaijan 2012 Arundel Art Room, Arundel, West Sussex, UK, one-man show 2011 Karvasla Tbilisi State History Museum, “Europe – in Search of New Identity”, group exhibition 2011 Hobby Gallery, Tbilisi, one-man show 2010 - 2013 Arundel Art Room, Arundel, West Sussex, UK 2004 - 2014 “Art Gallery Line” Tbilisi, Georgia, group exhibition 2010 Artisterium, 3rd Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events 2009 Hobby Gallery, Tbilisi, one-man show 2008 Achara Art Museum, Batumi, Exhibition of Lithography Creative Studio, group exhibition 2007 The Embassy of the Russian Federation, Tbilisi, Russian Artists of Georgia XX Century 2006 Queen B’s Gallery, Queen Charlotte City, Canada, The 3rd International Miniart Exchange 2006 Art Bridge, Almaty, Kazakhstan, group exhibition 2005 Art Caucasus 2005, Tbilisi , GTC 2005 TMS gallery, Tbilisi, one-man show 2004 Art Caucasus 2004, 1st International Visual Art Expo, Tbilisi, Georgia, Hobby Gallery, one-man presentation 2004 The Embassy of Georgia to the U.K., London, Points of View (exhibition of 23 Georgian artists) 2004 Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York, Milieu Through Mixed Media exhibition 2003 Kunstverein Erkelenz (near Cologne), Germany, Art Beyond Borders group exhibition 2003 Kopala Gallery, Tbilisi, Joint exhibition 2003 Cultural Center Usina do Gasometro, Porto Alegre, Brazil, International Miniart Exchange 2003 Art Orient Gallery, Tbilisi, joint exhibition 2003 The Jersey Galleries, London, Artlives First International Exhibition 2002 Karvasla Tbilisi State History Museum, “Actual Dreams”, group exhibition 2002 Hobby Gallery, Tbilisi, one-man show 2002 Galerie Kandinsky, Vienna, Austria, Art Beyond Borders group exhibition 2002 Grillparzerhof, Kirchberg o.d. Donau, Austria, Art Beyond Borders group exhibition 2001 Municipal Gallery Burg Stolberg, Germany, Art Beyond Borders group exhibition 2001 Generali Insurance Company, Linz, Austria, Art Beyond Borders group exhibition 2001 The City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy Summer Exhibition 2001 Central House of Artist, Moscow, the International Art Salon 2001 Karmelklooster, Drachten, the Netherlands, Art Beyond Borders group exhibition 2000 The Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, group exhibition 2000 The Mall Galleries, London, Art of Imagination Open Exhibition 2000 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, RSA Summer Exhibition 1999 Hobby Gallery, Tbilisi, joint exhibition 1999 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, RSA Summer Exhibition 1998 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, RSA Summer Exhibition 1997 Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh College of Art, one-man show 1997 The Scottish Fine Art Group (SFAG), Inverness, joint exhibition 1997 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, RSA Summer Exhibition 1996 Gallery 47, London, group exhibition (SFAG) 1996 Central House of Artists, Moscow, group exhibition 1995 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, SSAC exhibition 1995 Roy Miles Gallery, London, group exhibition 1995 Consulate General of the Russian Federation, Edinburgh, one-man show 1995 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, one-man show 1994 The British Council, Edinburgh, one-man show 1991 Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, group exhibition 1990 Artbank Gallery, Glasgow, group exhibition 1990 Galeria Brok, Barcelona, group exhibition Awards 2006Coca-Cola Tbilisi Jazz Festival Poster Contest. First Prize. 2000John Murray Thomson Award. 2000 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition. Bibliography Kaye, Gill: “Alex Berdysheff. A true contemporary surrealist”. Ingénue/e magazine, issue 4,spring 2014. FOCUS of SWFL Magazine. Point Against Point. Texts: Jade Dellinger, Richard L. Tooke . Nov/Dec 2013 Arundel Art Room Gallery. “Alex Berdysheff, Painting 2009 – 2013”. Texts: Richard L. Tooke, MFA. Gill Kaye, Editor, Ingénu/e magazine. Catalog. January 2013 Coppen, Maya: “Redefining Logic”, Art of England, Issue 82, June 2011. Gerrard, David: “Georgian Artist Makes an Impact in Scotland”, British East-West Journal, No.109, April 1998. Khositashvili, Lily: “Artist with high merit and idyosyncracy of vision”, Georgia Today, Issue 260, June 2005. Koplatadze, Anano: “Wichtig ist die Initiative”, Kaukasische Post, Nr.42, July/August 2003 Love, Jim: “Scottish art-lovers with Georgia on their mind”, The Inverness Courier, Tuesday, June 24, 1997 Macmillan, Duncan: “The broader picture looks healthy for classy artists”, The Scotsman, August 11, 1997 Mellis, Richard: “Georgian splendour straight from the heart of Russia”, Scotland on Sunday, January 6, 1991
STATEMENT The most important thing for me is the creative process itself. It’s a game, a ritual, a lifestyle, it encompasses everything. The collection presented is the result of this process covering about one year. It is also the result of decades of creative search and intuition. After experimenting with collage, printmaking, and even digital art, I’ve deliberately chosen certain methods and directions for my work. It allows me to find the most appropriate forms of enhanced expression. I guess it makes my life more interesting. I continue to innovate and push the barriers towards further knowledge and these experiments may take me to any existing ‘ism’. I have distinct preferences however. Most of my work can be identified as Surreal. After years of ‘doing art’, Surrealism became, in a way, the main navigation system with which to express my artistic ideals. Several years ago I was lucky to visit Farley Farm House in East Sussex, well known home to the Surrealists. Now it is a museum and archive featuring the lives and work of its former residents; the photographer Lee Miller, and the surrealist artist Roland Penrose. If I had doubts about my artistic direction before that visit, they were dispelled and I became more certain about further developing the artistic direction of my painting style. I get inspiration from everyday life, dreams, travels, books, etc. It can be any image or word. My imagination adds ‘missing’ details and creates a living environment for all the fragmented and contradictive material. When the emerging composition / construction develops and grows on the canvas, it directs my thoughts as to where to go next. It demands inspired corrections and subtle changes. Mistakes during this creative process are an essential part of those ‘interactions’ on the canvas. The plan if ever such a plan really existed can be completely revised as the painting progresses, so it becomes an entity in itself. This is the greatest joy in the expression of my art. In my painting I combine figurative, often distorted objects, with pure abstract forms and textural components. They coexist beyond any physical or logical limits, revealing an invisible tension and eternal struggle between, or inside all forms of matter, giving rise to doubt in the reality of the visible. Sometimes, I create so called ‘personages’ and place them in different settings. Just like a theatre stage. But I have no idea what happened there before, or will happen later. The images I create may have their stories but it's not my part to tell them. Everyone can interpret these images. A personal experience and imagination makes such interpretation each time different and unique.