b. 1988, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

b.1988, Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Karakashian obtained her Bachelor of Art in Fine Art degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2011. On graduation, she was awarded both the Judy Steinberg Painting Prize and the Simon Gerson Distinction Award. She went on to graduate with a Masters in Fine Art degree from the same institution in 2015.

Most recently, Karakashian participated in Ravelled Threads, a group exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York City, USA; and presented her work as part of SMAC Gallery’s booth at the Joburg Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa. Karakashian’s  recently presented her solo exhibition, entitled here they passed, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; and her solo show, In on itself, at the Marianne Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle, USA, all in 2018.

In 2017, Karakashian presented her solo exhibition, entitled unbecoming, at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg to coincide with the release of her self-titled publication, with text by Khanya Mashabela. Karakashian was the artist in residence at Capo d’Arte in Gagliano del Capo, Italy in 2016. The residency culminated in a solo presentation, self-titled Alexandra Karakashian, at the Villa Medici in Gagliano del Capo. Additional solo presentations in 2016 include: Passage, a special project at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, UK; and GROUND at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015 Karakashian presented Shifting Grounds in Cape Town, South Africa; and collaborated with performance artist Buhlebeswe Siwani in Land, a performance piece selected for Infecting the City Public Arts Programme.

Karakashian was included in SMAC Gallery’s presentation at ARTISSIMA in 2017, other recent group shows include: X:Part III at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, and A Painting Today, in Cape Town during 2017; UPSTART/STARTUP at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, and Pastoral Abstraction in Cape Town in 2016;  Back to the Future II- Abstract Art in South Africa: Past & Present at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, in 2015; Only Parts in Johannesburg; and Paperwork: An Exhibition of Contemporary South African Works on Paper, at SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, in 2014.

Karakashian is represented in numerous private and public collections including: the Iziko South African National Gallery, South Africa; the Spier Collection, South Africa; the Darvesh Collection, UAE ; The Royal Portfolio collection, South Africa; and the Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy.

Alexandra Karakashian will be included in SMAC Gallery’s presentation at the 13th edition of Art Dubai which takes place from 20 – 23 March 2019, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

In on Itself | Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Seattle, USA | 2018

here they passed | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

unbecoming | SMAC Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2017

Alexandra Karakashian | Villa Medici | Gagliano del Capo, Italy | 2016

Passage, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Special Project (SMAC Gallery) | Somerset House | London, UK | 2016

GROUND | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2016

Shifting Grounds | Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town (UCT) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2015

Land, in collaboration with Buhlebeswe Siwani | Infecting the City: Public Arts Festival | Cape Town, South Africa | 2015

Passages | The Black Box | Cape Town, South Africa | 2012

Cultured Mag | 10 Artists on their 2018 discovery | 2018 – PDF

Siobhan Keam | Artthrob | In Context: Frieze London and 1:54 18 October 2016 – PDF

Lloyd Pollak | ARTAFRICA | Such Sweet Thunder: Alexandra Karakashian and the Catastrophic Imagination | 13 September 2016 – PDF

Isabella Kuijers | Artthrob | A Dark Ascending Horizon: Alexandra Karakashian’s ‘Ground’ | 18 August 2016 – PDF

Art Africa Online | FNB Joburg Art Fair: Alexandra Karakashian | SMAC Gallery | 5 September 2016 – PDF

Sean O’ Toole | Business Day Wanted Magazine | Young African Artists: Alexandra Karakashian | 23 September 2013 – PDF