About Manana Tsilikishvili
Born in Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia, I grew up in the satellite state of the USSR. Georgia under communist control often made a daily life a challenge. The art world, under constraint, leaned toward traditional expression and new ideas were not encouraged. As a young girl, I was fortunate to have a teacher in school, who was progressive in his thinking. Recognizing my talent, he encouraged me to express myself in line, form and color.
In order to sustain myself, I enrolled in a Light Industry Technical college and received a degree in textile manufacturing. Later on, I owned and operated a fashion boutique due to my exceptional ability to use color and form in design. Yet the boutique was not enough to quell my intense desire to paint. I yearned to experience the artistic freedom I thought America could possibly offer. In 1999 I came to the United States and was tremendously inspired by the broad range that art enjoyed in this country. I rediscovered my love of fine art. Inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Amedeo Modigliani, Willem de Kooning and Henri Matisse. I was motivated to study acrylic and oil painting.
Surrounded by a free artistic environment, the availability of new material, rich literature, incredible libraries and museums I taught myself and became well rounded in art. I perfected my techniques and developed an individualistic, contemporary style. My work now inspired by this freedom is possessed by a spirit, which lives in a wonderful world of lines, forms, colors and symbolism. Free from the nightmare of materialism and other constraints for a period of time, my work brings forth a refreshing and spiritual awakening in the viewer. Working in oils and acrylic, the dramatic inner tensions of my feelings and spirit are discovered on canvas, refreshing, uplifting and stimulating the viewer.
I came to art having gone through challenging life experiences, hardships and happy times. Artist in me started coming out impulsively and intensely. I was in a hurry to catch up with missed times. My work is honest, pure expression and depiction of various periods of my life. My feelings and emotions pour onto canvas deeply from within, my heart and sole. I have created works of art when happy and when in pain. Much of my work has been inspired by my daughter, missing her for years and seeing her afterwords. It is full of nostalgia, unfairness as well as happiness and bright colors. All of my paintings display sense of completion and asymmetrical contrast creating symmetry of its kind. Range of colors varies depending on the mood and character of the work of art. Mostly, however I use wide range of colors. My paintings are feminine, colorful, full of lines and emotions as well as intense and expressive.