Levan Mosiashvili was born on 30 August, 1971, in Tbilisi. In 1993, he graduated from the Georgian Agricultural University, where he majored in Forestry. At the same time, he studied theatre direction. He was awarded a Candidate of Biological Sciences degree in 1996. However, he soon realised that his qualifications and diplomas “were of no use at all”, and decided to create his own world.
Levan Mosiashvili’s work can be divided into four distinct periods.
The first one is rooted in the Georgian life experience. The land of his ancestors, Kakheti, Telavi and the village of Shilda became his first source of inspiration, and the daily life, joys and sorrows of Kakhetian peasants were the main topics of the period. The Georgian spirit permeates his later works, too, though at times it is not so conspicuous. These works are known in Europe as ‘Mosiashvili’s frescoes’. The characters seem to follow the viewers with their eyes. The clarity and simplicity of the works resemble those of the Georgian Orthodox icons, and you can sense the nostalgia for ‘the paradise irretrievably lost’.
The second period of his creativity is entirely dedicated to his hometown, Tbilisi. His renditions of the city are unusual, even unique, both in terms of the theme and the technique used: you can see a myriad of tightly aligned small windows partitioned with a quadruple layer of oil paint standing out in a relief-like way. In these ‘views of Tbilisi’, the artist tried to illustrate a strong sense of community, once so typical of the densely packed, noisy old neighbourhoods bustling with life. But those days are gone – and, for Levan Mosiashvili, there was nothing left to depict in Tbilisi. Then, there was a fleeting interest in ‘mosaic technique’, which yielded some original images of animals painted for his daughter Anna.
So the longest, ‘Georgian’, period of Mosiashvili’s creativity came to an end.
In 2008, the government of France offered Levan Mosiashvili to live and work in their country. He had already won various international art contests; his works were critically acclaimed; his exhibitions were held in France and other countries. He first visited France in 1998. In the same year, Mosiashvili won the International Competition in Marseille, and later, the Painting Contest in Carry-le-Rouet. His solo exhibitions were held in Lyon, Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Pérouges, Tournefeuille and Le Verdier.
Mosiashvili’s solo exhibitions were also held in Telavi, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi (Georgia), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Saaremaa Island (Estonia), Damascus and Aleppo (Syria). In 2006, his solo exhibition organized by the International University of Economics in Ankara was opened by former President of Turkey Süleyman Demirel.
Europe had a profound impact on Mosiashvili’s art, his style and palette. First, he fell in love with cubism; then he became infatuated with abstract painting, which he himself considers it to be the pinnacle of his freedom of expression.
In 2010, Levan Mosiashvili won an award of the international exhibition in Fonsorbes, France, for the ‘Best Modernist Abstract Work’. In the same year, he received an Honorary Award of the department of Haute-Garonne at the exhibition/contest in Auterive, a small community near Toulouse where Matisse and Picasso had spend their youth. In 2011, he won the Grand Prize at the 29th International Exhibition/Contest held in the commune of Le Fousseret, and a special prize at the Auterive Autumn Salon of 2012: a one-month solo exhibition in the newly built administrative building of the town. In the years from 2013 to 2016, Levan Mosiashvili received a number of awards, including a Gold Badge of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia and ‘France – the Land of Culture’ Award, to name but a few.
It has become a tradition to hold Levan Mosiashvili’s solo exhibitions at Georgia’s diplomatic missions during annual Independence Day celebrations on May 26. His works have already been featured at diplomatic receptions in South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. In 2016, the artist’s works were displayed at the World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, at Opera House and Edoardo Villa Museum in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as during Georgian Culture Week in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Levan Mosiashvili’s works are held in both private collections and art galleries all over the world (Georgia, France, Russia, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Uruguay, Venezuela, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Belgium, UK, Brazil, Chile, Sweden, Norway, and China). His works are on display in the central office of the Pentagon in Washington (USA), in the Directorate of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow (Russia), in Vine and Wine Museum at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, and in a number of city halls and other government offices throughout Georgia and France.
Currently, Levan Mosiashvili chairs the National Library Friends Club and, since 2017, the regional panel for the international art contest Draw Me Peace. He also participates in the activities of the French-Georgian Cultural Association and often donates his works to charity auctions, with proceeds aimed at raising future generations of young artists.