Irma Sharikadze graduated in 1997 with a degree in ceramics from the M. Toidze School of Arts in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Upon completion she took classes of pantomime and performed at the Tbilisi State Pantomime Theater for two years, but she quickly realized her true talent and passion lay in the art of photography.
Her first solo exhibition “Phantom” took place in 2004 in Old Tbilisi as a part of the Tbilisoba festival. Since then Sharikadze has worked on both artistic and commercial projects with great success.
Her most recent exhibition named “Letters” dedicated to Frida Kahlo, the Mexican Artist was held at the GMG Gallery in Moscow 2010, in St Petersburg Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta 2013 and Contemporary Art cent M17 in Kiev 2015. Eighteen photos of different sizes, installation “Frida Maritsa”, “Shining Heart of Frida” video art ‘Frida’s Dream’, also composed by Irma Sharikadze and mistified correspondence between Frida and Maritsa(Frida’s imagined twin sister) created by Georgian writer Maka Goguadze. In the project uses the unique jewelry by Sofia Gongliashvili. Various works from this exhibition were purchased by the Moscow Museum of Modern Arts and by private foundations.
The artist is interested in and continues to assess lives of “Mythical Women of Different Times”. Her current subject is Mata Hari, a Dutch exotic dancer, who was accused of espionage during World War II for Germany and executed in France. Irma is also working on a 10 minute video art on Mata Hari.
Irma has developed in close collaboration, with the leading magazines in the South Caucasus region in Georgia and Russia.
Sharikadze sates Niko Pirosmani, the world famous primitive artist, and Sergei Parajanov, a famous Gerogian/Armenian film director as her main inspirers, not only for their style but also for their personal life convictions.
The artist’s motto is as follows: «Finding and uncovering beauty is my mission. Moreover, it’s my fate. Human beauty is a mystery inseparable from love. Love is a light that illuminates tortuous paths of life and grants us freedom. Freedom to make art…»
Irma Sharikadze lives and works in Tbilisi.
Performance “Imaginary Garden” -Tbilisi Fashion Week S S 2016
«Letters» – Contemporary Art cent M17, Kiev
«Letters» – KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2014, B & W Gallery, Tbilisi
«Letters» – ERARTA Museum of Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg
«Sky As Crown» – Gallery 9, Tbilisi
«Letters» – GMG Gallery, Moscow
«Substances section drawing» – Chardin Gallery, Tbilisi
«Improvisation» – Purpur Gallery, Tbilisi
«Phantom» – Chardin Gallery, Tbilisi
International exhibition «Sergei Parajanov – the dream of the XXI century.» – Tbilisi History Museum with Dream Museum (Kiev,Ukraine)
Opening exhibition – B & W gallery, Tbilisi
«ARTISTERIUM» – International Contemporary Art Festival, Karvasla, Tbilisi
Festival Iberia «Georgia: Local Time» Netherlands, Leiden
«ProART» – Photography, ProCredit Bank, Tbilisi
Off Europe 2008 festival – NochBesserLeben gallery, Leipzig, Dresden
Caravansarai festival – N-gallery, Tbilisi
33 export – Bamba row gallery, Tbilisi
International Advertising Festival Epica – Marriott Tbilisi, Tbilisi
AMCA Models festival, Tbilisi