Sandro Pachuashvili | Oli's Interviews
author: Oli kvateladze
When did you first become interested in painting and what are your first works?
I have been interested in painting since early childhood, but more seriously since 2017. I did my first work on the street, and then for a year I was mainly interested in street painting. Then I moved from street art to canvas and other materials.
Your work is saturated with humour, what do you mean by wanting to show the absurd process of drawing?
For me personally my process is absurd because in addition to using different methods, I also make fun of myself and my work. From childhood, whoever I had contact with, everyone took the process of drawing seriously, they followed quite traditional methods, and I laughed at all this and could not take it seriously. This is probably bad, but then I found a similar cynical attitude in my painting.
What is the main idea of your work and do you want to say something important to the audience?
Yes, all of my works carry small messages for the public, that mostly develop in series. Every series combines one important idea that is not very obvious and requires little observation.
Do you have works done in other styles that the public is less familiar with?
I have works that are executed in a completely different style and they are not known to the public. I think every time I took the drawing process seriously, I deceived myself.
Do the phrases on the paintings carry specific meanings and are they connected to the figures depicted?
I made the inscriptions 'Queens' based on the figures depicted and their characters. Most of the works are old Soviet prints that I bought in second-hand shops, some I found on the streets; the phrases come from the associations the scenes raised in me. "Brutal Queen" is one of them, sometimes I take the phrases from more movies, music or books.
Are real people depicted in any of your series?
The masks series depict real people, as for the 'Queens' series, I think people see themselves.
What is your source of inspiration and where do you prefer to work, what is a comfortale environment for you to paint?
I prefer to paint in the studio and in the company of as few people as possible, I do not have a single source of inspiration, when I do not draw I cannot stop, I have to do something new every day. The biggest source of inspiration comes at the moment when I cannot draw anything, then I feel more desire to express myself. I try to draw the most at this time to get out of this block.
Are there any artists who left an indelible mark on you and your work?
In general, too many artists have impressed me and inspired my creative process. I am mainly interested in the working process of others and I then try to reflect on it in my art. During different periods I was preoccupied with different artists; 3 years ago it was Basque that caught me by surprise. There were times when I was interested in Philip Guston's work and a few paintings deeply impressed me. Madsak will probably always inspire me, today and in the future. There are many artists that one might not instantly recognise in my art, but they are a great source of interest and motivation for me.
Are there any of your works, or series, that you particularly like and why?
I like the series of animals the most, all these animals are depicted on the red throne and are associated with the people I met in my life. As a kid, I used to see people as colours or animals. One from the series is Crocodile, which symbolises my grandmother.
Almost all of my work contains emotions from my childhood, often I see my work in a different light after I return to it and with these observations, I make new discoveries in myself.
Would you single out Georgian artists whose work is close to your style and is inspirational for you?
Mariam Bardadze is close, in 2019 our group exhibition was planned in two days, it was held in the space ‘Terminal’.
Sandro Pachuashvili (b. 1995, Tbilisi) is a young self-taught artist who studied at the University of Virginia, Faculty of Political Science, in 2013-2017. Returning to Georgia, he was initially interested in street art, using sketches of street works in a relatively small format, after which the artist was also interested in working on canvas.
Sandro's creative process is nourished by popular culture, be it trendy brands, legendary artists, or current slang. Be an artist while working on the canvas
Oli Kvateladze (born 1997, Tbilisi) is a young art historic. Since 2017 she has been studying at Shota Rustaveli State University of Theater and Film. The focus of his research is contemporary Georgian art. She is also interested in researching art institutions and has completed an internship at the Tbilisi Museums Association. Today Ollie is an intern at our gallery.
Sandro's artworks available at our gallery: