Alexander (Sandro) Antadze
Letter from the Artist
I am Alexander Antadze,
Born in 1972, Georgia.
My creativity probably starts from childhood. For the first time when I was 8 years old, I drew a dog that made my parents very happy, I remember the emotion that they expressed, it was joy, smile and pride. I felt that I can make close people happy by drawing something and giving happiness to them and myself. Because the positive emotion that comes out of me and makes people joyful comes back to me. This is probably the main thing in life, we exist in order to exchange emotions and please each other, in me that child probably still lives and still makes me happy with every painting. My art is based on this and I preach it through my creation.
Here's what I want to say: For example, the series of animals that I paint all my life is based on human love for positivity, I paint animals mostly smiling, some animated characters that arouse positive emotions, joy, love, hope, I started painting this series in the 90s, when Georgia was a very difficult period politically, economically, the transition period was the change from Communism to capitalism, there was a lot of chaos in the country. People were hopeless and depressed including me.
Once I was going to a birthday party but I did not have money for a gift and what I could do was to draw something. I drew a smiling cow on cardboard and gave it to a friend, it made her happy and after that, she was always greeting me with the same emotions. I realized that my goal is to give people joy, and hope. Since then, I have started drawing smiling kind animals and giving positive emotions to people.
My other series of canvases is dedicated to positive emotions: The Aircraft and Space series is a symbol of the perseverance of freedom and achievement of the goal, despite the fact that flying in the air is not a natural condition for a person and is often dangerous, but he still flies towards his goals, towards the desired achievements of a better life.
The next series called "Everything is Changing " are images of old electronic devices that are associated with childhood memories of my generation.
These devices once gave the greatest joy to people, there we listened to our favorite music, watched programs, cartoons, and movies, got to know the world.
Today these things are no longer next to us and at the time they had such great importance in our lives, today we do it with completely different devices and gadgets but looking at those old devices, we remember the old forgotten emotion, kind and nostalgic, we remember the sound, smell, temperature, grandparents, straightening the TV antenna, holding the phone cable, typing manners… Everything changes we change too, we but the human longing for better, kindness, and happiness stays the same.