Alexandra Karakashian

b. 1988, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Biography

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 solo exhibition, entitled here they passed, is currently up on exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; and her solo show, In on itself, opens at the Marianne Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle, USA, on the 15th November 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.

NEWS

Alexandra karakashian is currently presenting a solo exhibition at Mariane Ibrahim gallery in Seattle. The exhibition, titled in on itself, will run until 22 December 2018.

Karakashian will also present work at Untitled, Art in Miami Beach in Florida, USA, from 5 – 9 December 2019.

GALLERY SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

GALLERY GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Publications

Press Highlights

Article by Isabella Kuijers on Artthrob, 18 August 2016, A Dark Ascending Horizon: Alexandra Karakashian’s ‘Ground’PDF

Interview on Art Africa Online, 05 September 2016, FNB Joburg Art Fair: Alexandra Karakashian | SMAC GalleryPDF

Article by Sean O’ Toole in Business Day Wanted Magazine, 23 September 2013, Young African Artists: Alexandra Karakashian – PDF