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Totibadze’s “Fish Bites” (2018, acrylic on canvas, 150×100 cm), was sold at Christie’s auction house in London last night for an amazing £10 000. The auction was organised by Askeri Gallery together with the Gracious Heart UK to raise money for children with celebral palsy.

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The work was created by the artist earlier this year in London, in collaboration with some of the children that the fund looks after.

Totibadze’s solo show “Folk Wisdom” is also opening in Askeri Gallery in Moscow in the end of May 2018.

Have a look at an amazing collection of Totibadze’s work on Abode.

See Totibadze’s solo show “From Dining Table to the Stars” on Abode’s digital Artsy platform.

Artist’s bio

Totibadze’s laconic still-lives and landscapes are visually stunning, with multiple layers of paint as well as associations, allusions, humour and narrative.

His objects are incredibly alive – they are characters in their own stories, and at the same time – cues of what just happened or is about to happen – celebrations, failed dates, memories, mysteries, dramas and comedy of everyday life. Based on the artist’s own experiences, his work is most certainly a direct and rather precise – as well as his style of depiction – documentation of the everyday life of the contemporary world at every given moment, with its mysteries and wonders, sentiment and mischief.

Totibadze comes from a family of painters in several generations, thus throughout his development as an artist, he has been closely exposed to multiple genres and styles in painting, which informed his own distinct quirky and acutely contemporary style, that has quickly earned him recognition.

His work is included in the collection of the Russian State Museum (St Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Organic Culture (Kolomna, Russia), and private collections worldwide.

Solo exhibitions:

2011 – «Presentation», cafe «Mart», Moscow

2012 – «Daily Routine», Gallery Project 180 м2, Moscow

2014 – «The Totality Of Elegance», 25KADR Gallery, Moscow

2015 – «The Totality Of Elegance», Tallin Portrait Gallery, Tallinn

2015 – «Everything Is Coming Now», Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow

2016 – «The Way All People Do», 25KADR Gallery, Moscow

2017 – «Everything’s Gonna Get Well Soon», Totibadze Gallery , Moscow

Selected group exhibitions:

2013 – «All Of Totibadze», Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow

2013 – «Cookbook Of Russian Museum», The State Russian Museum, St.Petersburg

 2014 – «At Ease», Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow

2014 – «Gifts», Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow

2014 – «Ode To Food», PROUN Gallery, Moscow

2013 – International fair “Art Moscow”, Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow

2015 – International fair “Cosmoscow”, Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow

2016 – «Spree is somewhere», Totibadze Gallery , Moscow

2016 – «Portraits of Happy People», Zdes at Taganka Gallery, Moscow

2016 – International Art Contest 10th Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice

2016 – «Area 7», Totibadze Gallery, Moscow

2017 – «Come Back Home», The Institute of Russian Realist Art, Moscow

2017 – International Buy Art Fair, Art Abode Gallery, Manchester

2017 – «Gravitation of Thought», Artis Project, Triumph Gallery, Moscow


– The State Russian Museum

– Museum of Organic Culture

– Private collections in Russia, Georgia, USA, France, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, England

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By Anna Glinkina| March 22nd, 2018

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They certainly borrow Bonnard’s distinctive palette, but the intensity of applying paint, the abundant, impasto texture and bubble-gum drips reference to the present. The works are made by hand and, unlike the usual Hirst, by the artist himself (he made sure everyone knew by previewing work in progress with him in studio with brush in hand and wearing slightly exaggerated clothes, splattered with paint, and hinting at Picasso), but the almost industrial scale still suggests assistants and technology involved. So what are they? A homage to Modernist painting, or a parody? Collaboration or another take on production line? Another nihilistic statement or lack of new ideas? This is how the artist himself comments on it: “I’ve always loved Bonnard and his colour. How can you not love colour? Sunlight on flowers, fuck everything else.”
Despite critics’ condemnation, both shows in Venice and LA were applauded by collectors and sold out on opening night.

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