Maya Jimsheleishvili was born in 1979 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Since she was a little, she has always had a passion for art, specifically painting and music. Graduated in 2003 from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 2003, she works in oil, tempera, gold leaf, ink, pastel, graphite, playing with the materials, mixing them and enjoying the results, even when it is a “failure”. As a graphic artist, one of the very important things for her is “the line” – each line in her drawings or paintings is a stream of energy. “I experiment with different styles hopefully moving to the right direction to find myself. My art has taught me who I am but I still continue exploring the deepest parts of my soul. I enjoy searching for harmony of colors“.
1.How do you describe your art to someone who doesn’t know it?
I see my art as energy created by the combination of lines, my colors, texture, image, and mystics that is a reflection of my inner world.
2.Which contents/thematic are present in your artistic journey/research?
I couldn’t outline any specific theme. I am concentrating on my arts, as it is very much up to my mood. My inspiration is my environment and emotions. But to be more precise sometimes I like creating abstract paintings. I love to play with colors and lines. Female portraits are my favorite, in most cases, I represent the different side of my personality in them.
3.Tell me about your beginning as an artist.
I was born in 1979 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Since I was a little, I’ve always had a passion for art, specifically painting and music. I was often arranging concerts in my elementary school. I went to a musical gymnasium for 11 years. While being there I performed at several concerts with a symphonic orchestra and participated in international music contests held in Tbilisi. I became a laureate of the national contest of Georgia (1996) and took part in an international contest in Hannover, Germany (1997). On the other hand, I had a passion for painting from an early age. I had my first exhibition when I was in kindergarten.
After graduating from the gymnasium I realized that my true vocation was painting and I decided to go to the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, from which I graduated in 2003. I attended short courses in Art and interior design at Central Saint Martin college in London, (UAL:)
4.Tell me about the choice of that specific art medium for your own artistic research. What does it represent?
I work in oil, tempera, gold leaf, ink, pastel, graphite. I love playing with the materials, mix them and enjoy the results, even if it is a failure. As a graphic artist, one of the very important things for me is “the line” – each line in my drawings or paintings is a stream of energy. I experiment with different styles hopefully moving in the right direction to find myself. My art has taught me who I am but I still continue exploring the deepest parts of my soul. I enjoy searching for a harmony of colors.
5.What is your way of working? Do you usually design a project or you just follow a vision (mental image) that turns into a project?
It`s very controversial. Sometimes I see what I paint and sometimes I paint what I see
Maya’s artworks will be presented by Madatart at World Trade Gallery(New York), April 27 2018!