One to Watch: Rusudan Khizanishvili (Georgia)


Rusudan Khizanishvili is a young artist working in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. Her paintings, many of them portraits, are inspired by Gauguin, Cezanne, and the Old Masters. She uses thick oil paint and a bold color palette in order to capture characters that are reminiscent of semi-mythical figures. She imbues her compositions with energy by playing with perspective and flattening her backgrounds into collapsed color blocks. Rusudan has a painting degree from Tbilisi State Academy of Art, and also holds an MA in Media. She exhibits extensively throughout her home country of Georgia, Europe, and the Middle East.


Rusudan with some of her artwork on exhibition. 

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
When I was a child, I wished that my toys could come to life. I secretly believed that all of them woke up when I was going to bed. Since my childhood, I have had this idea to create a parallel universe, and give breath to the characters who were borne upon my canvases. My characters exist in a world that is brimming with symbols; they possess mystical powers, open minds, and kind hearts. This is the main idea of my artwork, that my characters can become alive on my canvases. But I also spend a lot of time experimenting with my color palette, and uniting color with line.


Rusudan at one of her recent exhibitions. 

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Don’t ever be scared, because you can always correct your mistakes.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I prefer to work with music.


 Artwork on exhibition. 

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
It is very difficult for me to choose, but perhaps either  “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Rembrandt, or “Mona Lisa” by Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Artwork on exhibition. 

Who are your favorite writers?
Some of my favorite writers include: Franz Kafka, Philip Roth, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Charles Bukowski, Yukio Misima, Herman Hesse, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Vladimir Nabokov, and Edgar Allan Poe.


  1. Natia says:

    I love rusudans paintings she is the most talented
    Most beautiful person I know ! I wish you all the best

  2. i love here work , very talented woman , i admire here

  3. I noticed her work since I visited this site the first time. She deserve the success! Well done, Rusudan!!

  4. WOW! Your work is breath taking, original, imaginative, rich in darkness and wonder. It reminds me a bit of director Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. All the best, your work really deserves it*

  5. Vladimir says:

    Fantastic work Rusudan!! Love it!!!

  6. Phillip Schloss says:

    I like the comment about Labyrinth, noticing the minotaurs, but also a dog, and I think she has an interesting humanity to her work. Many, many aspects of character, work worth pondering . . . .

  7. Violet Cato says:

    I love the paintings with red!

  8. Great, Rusudan. Very detailed interview, and inspiring, beautiful paintings too. I love the fact that all these large-sized paintings tell a little but fascinating story. You’re a painting story-teller, what is great.

  9. Interesting, spontaneous, intriguing, something behind the story which is mysterious, touching upon the unconscious

  10. Maryam says:

    Hi Dear madam
    I,m so happy to finf d you ,and your paints are so fantastic.
    I,m a profesion an artist painter same you ,with poverful resume and so many gellery .
    My style is tradition abstract modern with mix media and recently i had a big Exhibition in Tbilisi state Academy of Art (end2013).
    After my Exhibition i have searched about a places that i will connect to that ,because i decided to come to Tbilisi and continue my art life in this city ,because i enjoed so much of Tbilisi and this is very near to my idea ,and very antiq.
    Any way fortunatly i found you in saatchi site and realy i request you help me about this .please can you to send email soon.
    Thank so much
    Best wish

  11. Your art is so different to mine and I would never have thought to produce art in such a way as you do.

  12. Vasso Rokou says:


  13. zaan kargebia gilozaw !

  14. Gorgeous work–with so many layers. Beautiful and fascinating to look at!

  15. Marco Tulio Riccioppo says:

    I think you are an outstanding artist. Your work is original, qualified, vigorous, inspiring and especially beautiful. Not too many like you being spotlighted. It’s a relief to see an artist such as yourself getting the deserved attention.

  16. Penny Otwell says:

    I enjoy your work – the rich tapestry of story and visual combined. Keep up the great work!

  17. Rusudan Khizanishvili says:

    Thanks a lot everyone for your warm comments, i m really glad and proud of it!!! Best Wishes from Georgia <3

  18. john moberg says:

    Enjoyed your work, please look at my site.

  19. no words ……………..
    good marvellous …………………..

  20. I love the freedom of your works, the line and pattern. Congratulations.

  21. Lilija says:

    i love here work , very talented woman , i admire here!!!!!!!!

  22. J’apprécie beaucoup votre imaginaire et votre modestie. Bravo

  23. Davida Reis says:

    Powerful & very impacting, reminiscent of Basquiat & yet retaining the individuality of the painter: Great work.

  24. Thanks again guys, i really apppreciate your attention to my art works, it’s give me power to carry on ! wish u all the best !

  25. Namiq says:

    Im namiq paintars ai want contact yuo abawt work biutfulll


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