Shalva Nikvashvili (born in 1990 in Sighnaghi) is a multimedia artist who mainly works around the notions of identity and memory, investigating the boundaries of beauty and manipulation. Shalva is an artist specialising in sculpture, photography, video, drawing and performance. Nikvashvili’s work aims to rebel against heteronormative masculinity while exposing the scars that past has left on him. He studied at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Faculty of Fashion Design, and then went on to study Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts in Antwerp, which he dropped out from.
Shalva’s works have been exhibited at various European galleries and museums, including the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Barbara Thumm Gallery, Berlin. His work has been covered in leading art publications such as ID magazine, Vice, Metal Magazine and others. In 2021 Shalva worked with Kirill Serebrennikov on the opera ‘Nos’ by D.Shostakovich, Bayerische Staatsoper, and created masks for the performance. His most recent solo exhibition took place at The Why Not gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Shalva Nikvashvili currently lives and works in Germany.