ABOUT THE ARTIST :
Irakly Shanidze was born in Tbilisi in 1968. Photography became his passion when he was twelve years old, and it has remained that way throughout his life. early on, the artist's photographic interests quickly narrowed to fine art nudes and psychedelic glamour. After finishing high school, he began moving in this direction.
In 1985 Irakly began working as a photojournalist for regional military newspaper (while on military duty), and for the newspaper of Moscow State Universuty (while working towards a masters degree in Biochemistry).
Irakly came to the United States in 1993 as a graduate student. At first, he had little time for photography. Eventually, however, he resumed his photo activities, and gradually photography began to consume most of his free time again.
Now Irakly shoots mostly in his home studio, claiming he is too spoiled to withstand the rough conditions of the great outdoors.
Over the years, Irakly, never taking his artisticwork too seriously, has simply gone with the flow. By going with the flow, however, he has managed to leave a notable artistic manner trail.
Now Irakly has exhibited his work in fourteen one-person and group shows, and has published more than a hundred photographs and numerous articles in American and Russian photo magazines and web sites.
Detroit; special guest artist; 2’2011
exhibition, Acacao, St. Petersburg, Russia, 11’2010
jointly with Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia; personal show, 9-10’2010
the Ukraine, Tokyo, Japan, 5-8’2010
exhibition, Leica Center “Яркий мир”, St. Petersburg, Russia; 5’2010
Around The World. Manezh Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia, 8’2009
Magazine, Leica Story permanent collection, 5’2009
Photo http://www.redmarines.com/freerangephoto/; 9’2008
Magazine, Leica Master Shots permanent collection, 9’2008
Photo Festival in Estremos, Portugal http://www.appaf.eu; curator, 9’2008
Moscow, Russia; featured artist for the first issue of Portfolio Magazine,
Detroit http://www.dirtyshow.org; special quest artist, 2’2008
Moscow, Russia; permanent collection 11’2007
d’Artistes; featured artist, 11’2007
Photofestival in Estremoz, Portugal; principal artist 11’2007
Gallery, Detroit 7’2007
Gallery, Detroit 5'2006
Contemporary Photography, Centre of Contemporary Art “Vinzavod”, Moscow;
featured artist, 5’2007
Gallery, Tempere, Finland; personal show 5’2007
Club, St. Petersburg, Russia; show “Fine Play” 10’2003
Mullan’s Gallery, London ON Canada; group show 8’2003
Main Theater, Royal Oak, MI USA; personal show 5’2003
Moscow; Personal show , 3’2003
Center, Ann Arbor; exhibition “Russian Eye”, principal artist, 3’2003
Nomination, B&W Spider Awards 2010
Photographer, Real Detroit Weekly Magazine Readers Poll, 2'2011
Photographer, Real Detroit Weekly Magazine Readers Poll, 4’2009
Prize, SPJ Excellence Award (Michigan chapter) 5’2008
Photographer of the Year 2007, Fine Art Nomination. http://www.artindex.spb.ru
Nomination, B&W Spider Awards 2006
Prize, “Forema”, Moscow 2006
Award "The most original work", Международный конкурс Sony “Like.No.Other.”, Москва, Россия 2005