Curriculum vitae

1975, Born in Georgia. Lives and works in London
Andro Semeiko is a Georgian born and London-based artist who constructs multi-layered installations based on his practice as a painter in conjunction with empirical research into history and literature. Semeiko has been collaborating with writers, scientists, psychologists, actors and dancers and his work is often site-specific and multi-disciplinary.

In his painting Semeiko employs symbolism associated with armour in Renaissance and Baroque painting for creating a series of works in which a suit of armour becomes a hero engaged on absurd ‘knightly quests’ such as surfing, hang-gliding, sipping cocktails, eating ice cream etc. Semeiko is “messing-up the orthodox divisions of experience – history and the present, big and small, inside and outside, modernity and antiquity. By telling tales that mix these up, Semeiko offers us a place where the division between what is actual and what is possible are put into tension. … Do we believe him? It doesn’t matter. What matters is not so much that the stories told are real, or have happened, or are possible. What matters is that these stories encourage us to think that things have the potential to be different, to change.” JJ Charlesworth (art critic, ArtReview).

The paintings of knights coexist with Semeiko’s large-scale gestural paintings of Architecture and seascapes inspired by 17th-18th century British painting, and which operate as a mise-en-scene backdrop for installations. “For Semeiko, painting is a practice that moves like a loom shuttle, sliding in and out of the forms of conventional representation: at times fiction is smothered by smooth, amalgamated brush strokes; in others it puffs up – as if agitated – and it is here that painting is used to reveal deception, showing itself as the material and indicating itself as the object.” Alberto Mugnaini (art critic, Flash Art).

 

Education

2006-08 Research Fellowship, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

2003-06 Postgraduate Diploma, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

2000-01 MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London

1998-00 BA in Fine Art, Utrecht School of the Arts, The Netherlands

 

Solo exhibitions and projects

2015 Towards Understanding the Drunk Su, Soulangh Culture Park, Tainan City, Taiwan

2014 Only Words Can Tell You How I Feel, TAP, Southend-on-Sea, UK, collaboration with Amy McKenny and Tom Morton

2013 An Artist’s Workshop for Unveiling Emotions, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, collaboration with Sally O’Reilly

2013 Andro Semeiko: Open Studio, events PEER, London, UK, collaboration with Sally O’Reilly and Zinovy Zinik

2012 Le Grand Charmer, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, UK

2011 Artist Book- Lily of Blythenhale, with texts by Daniel Harbour, Shelley von Strunckel and others

2011 Lily of Blythenhale, Acme Project Space, London, UK

2010 Artist Book – Unveiling: Rocket MT2010, with texts by Neil Mulholland and JJ Charlesworth

2010 Unveiling, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK

 

SELECTED Group exhibitions AND PROJECTS

2016 Nature Morte, Konsthallen vid Bohusläns Museum, Sweden

2016 Nostalgia for the Future by Yu-Chen Wang, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan

2016 FYI, Barry Room, Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan

2015 Collaborators 4, Roaming ROOM, London, UK

2015 Nature Morte, Hå gamle prestegard, Stavanger, Norway

2015 Art Lending Library, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

2014 Comedy and Menace: Birthday Party, Andro Semeiko & Shino Yanai, White Conduit Projects, London, UK

2014 Teen Paranormal Romance, collaboration with Anna K.E., The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA

2014 ONSITE, TAP, Southend-on-Sea, UK, selected by Andrew Hunt and Mike Nelson

2013 Artist Book- The Holy Triangle by Semeiko, O’Reilly and Zinik, launches; PEER & Waterstones Piccadilly, London, UK

2012 Art Lending Library, Market Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2012 Take Shelter in the World, Boston University Art Gallery ANNEX, Boston, USA

2011 Against Anti Intellectualism: Andro Semeiko, Calum Stirling, SWG3 Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2011 Sotheby’s auction and exhibition, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, UK

2011 Bad Romance, project by Laura Edbrook and Norman James Hogg, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2010 In Town – Screening, ISIS Arts/AND Festival, Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2010 Art Pie Project, TÜYAP Istanbul Art Fair-ARTIST 2010, Turkey

2010 Happy End, Guest Projects – Yinka Shonibare’s Space, London, UK

2009 Expanded Painting, PRAGUE BIENNALE 4, Prague, Czech Republic

2008 Out of Place Day to Day, De Kunstvlaai A.P.I., Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2006 Another Product, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

2004 Caution: Uneven Surfaces, temporarycontemporary, London, UK

2003 Charlie’s Place, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK

2002 Shine, The Lowry Gallery, Manchester, UK

2001 New Contemporaries 2001, Camden Arts Center, London and Sunderland Museum, UK

 

Awards and RESIDENCES

2016 Artist in Residence, Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan

2014 ONSITE Residency, TAP, Southend-on-Sea, UK

2013 PEER Residency, London, UK

2011 Jessica Wilkes Award, Acme Studios, London, UK

2009 Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship 2009-10, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK

2004 The British Institution Award, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2001 Kunstanjer 2000, Prince Bernard Culture Fund, The Netherlands



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