Mariam Aqubardia (b. 1991, Gali) graduated from the Faculty of Painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (2013 BA, 2017 MA). As she describes, all of her artworks are about Abkhazia and her memories of the home she had to flee as a result of the Abkhazian Conflict (1993-1994). The hardest and most difficult feelings and experiences are painted in calm, foggy melancholy and discuss the topics of home, displacement, and questions of belonging.

Mariam’s works have been exhibited in Georgia and abroad, including the exhibition supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, 2020, Tbilisi Online Biennale, 2020, ‘Personal Structures’, parallel event at the 57th Venice Art Biennale, Palazzo Mora, Venice, 2017, ‘Art from Georgia’ group show, Phoenix Gallery, New York, 2016. In 2019, her project ‘Citrus Trees Covered against the Frost’ won the Heinrich Boell Foundation competition ‘Bauhaus’ and was implemented at the Station Square in Tbilisi and The Why Not Gallery hosted her solo show in 2021 “Sometimes Water Burst Out of Dried Up Fountains”, and second solo exhibition:  "Painted Walls Create an Illusion of Reality" in 2022.

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EDUCATION

M.A FINE ARTS/PAINTING Tbilisi State Academy of Arts OCTOBER 2015 - JULY 2017

B.A FINE ARTS/PAINTING Tbilisi State Academy of Arts OCTOBER 2009 - JULY 2013


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

Painted Walls Create an Illusion of Reality, at The Why Not Gallery -  Tbilisi, Georgia

2021

Sometimes Water Bursts out from dried up Fountains,  at The Why Not Gallery - Tbilisi, Georgia

Presentation of the comics Book ‘6200’ - The Why Not Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia

2019

Citrus Trees Covered Against the Frost - Tbilisi, Georgia (Winner of the Bauhaus Project/Heinrich- Boell Foundation South Caucasus)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2022

Seven Sentences on Time, - Kachreti, Georgia
2020

ARTISTERIUM 13 - Tbilisi history museum Karvasla and online

The Art & Freedom project - the Friedrich Naumann Foundation - Tbilisi, Georgia
Tbilisi Online Biennale Home Alone - Tbilisi, Georgia

2018

Not a charity auction ‘’Who Does She Think She Is?’'- Tbilisi, Georgia

Group Exhibition-Latvia, Riga
2017

Life&Style International Print Festival; Tbilisi, Batumi, Telavi, Mestia, Georgia,
Personal Structures Parallel project of Venice La Biennale 2017; Painting Object Exhibition in the Palazzo Mora; Venice, Italy.
Artisterium 9 ‘’Kill Buddha’’ in the Artarea Gallery; Tbilisi, Georgia

2016

Phoenix Gallery; Chelsea, New York; NY, USA
2014

Fest-i-Nova 2014 - Center of Contemporary Arts; Video Art Installation; Georgia 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS/ GRANTS/RESIDENCES

2022

One month residency - Kachreti, Georgia

2021

Three month residency - ‘’In the Shadow of the Big Trees ‘’ - Tbilisi, Georgia

2020

Tbilisi Online Biennale Residency - Tbilisi, Georgia

2019

Grant for the solo exhibition Citrus Trees Covered Against the Frost Tbilisi, Georgia - Winner of the Bauhaus Project/Heinrich-Boell Foundation South Caucasus

2018

Travel grant for Riga, Latvia- Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia

2017

Travel grant for Venice Biennale - Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia

Participation grant for the exhibition of Venice Biennale - Adjara Group

Residency grant Venice - The European Cultural Centre; Venice, Italy

Travel grant for Internship - Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia; Tbilisi, Georgia;

2009

Full scholarship grant for 4 years Bachelor’s Degree - Tbilisi State Academy of Arts