From a very early age, my life was split among Greece, Georgia, Uzbekistan, countries with such
different cultures which definitely influenced me. My first attempts to express myself took place
during my student years in Tbilisi. It was since then that I have liked observing the real and the
imaginary world and the outcome of their unification.
Painting is an area without rules. No particular knowledge, money or complex techniques are
necessary. All that’s needed is a piece of paper, a pencil, or even a piece of charcoal like in the old
times… It can be done by anyone and be addressed to anyone. It only takes an open mind and some
imagination to express oneself and feel.
I thought these images were not related
to the outside world.
But years later,
I realised that the images I could visualise
were an amalgamation of something real
I was subconsciously impressed
by and something inside me.
A human is symbolically placed in most of my works.
A tree > rooted and immobile
A boat capable of travelling
A castle > isolated, armoured…
And the background usually resembles the environment,
our surroundings, our society perhaps.
What affects us, helps us, traps us … IRINI GOGUA
Born in Georgia on 05/12/1975 to a Georgian father and a Greek mother. Studied in the dentistry
department of the University of Tbilisi and graduated from the Stomatology University of Taskhent.
2006 Vouleftiko, Nafplio, Argolis, Greece
2007 Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
2011 Municipal Art Gallery of Myconos, Greece
2014 Vouleftiko, Nafplio, Argolis, Greece
2015 Coco Mat, Argos, Argolis,Greece
2017 Old train carriage,Nafplio,Argolis,Greece
2018 ‘Pelargos’,Old factory,Nea Kios,Argolis,Greece
2019 Barracks of Kapodistrias,Argos,Argolis,Greece
2007 exhibition of Georgian artists, Melina Merkouri cultural centre; organised by the Georgian embassy in Greece
2007 Cultural Colours, Municipality of Pireus, under the aegis of unesco.
2011 educational festival, Technopolis, Gazi. Exhibition of Georgian and Greek artists, national gallery, Pireus.
Genres: oil painting, acrylic painting, plexi glass, enamel, tin foil, ceramic, clay and many more.