b. 1988, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Alexandra Karakashian was born in 1988 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Karakashian obtained her Bachelor of 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 degree in Fine Art from the same institution in 2015. Karakashian was an 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.
Karakashian recently presented her most recent body of work with SMAC Gallery at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa as part of the curated SOLO Section. Her work is currently included in Matereality, a group exhibition at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.
In 2019 Karakashian’s work formed part of notable group exhibitions including, Inner Landscapes at Galleria Anna Marra in Rome, Italy; Material Insanity, at MACAAL in Marrakech, Morocco; SMAC Gallery’s presentation at the 13th edition of Art Dubai, in Dubai, UAE; and Filling in the Gaps, at Iziko South African National Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Solo exhibitions include: A rhythm for falling, at Sabrina Amrani Gallery in Madrid, Spain in 2019; here they passed at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa and In on itself, at the Marianne Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle, USA, in 2018; unbecoming, at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg to coincide with the release of her self-titled publication in 2017; Passage, a special project at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, UK and, GROUND at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, both in 2016.
Karakashian’s works have been included in Sabrina Amrani’s group presentations at Art Basel Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, China and Tapei Dangdai at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre in Taipei, Taiwan in 2020, ACROlisboa in Lisbon, Portugal; ACROmadrid in Madrid, Spain, and Vienna Contemporary at Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria, in 2019; SMAC Gallery’s presentation at the 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa, and FNB Art Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as Artissima at the Oval Lingotto in Turin, Italy. Earlier group exhibitions include Ravelled Threads, at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York City, USA; A Letter to My 22-year-old Self at BKhz Studio & Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa; Back to the Future III – Abstract Art in South Africa: Past & Present at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa all in 2018.
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.
Karakashian’s work is currently included in the upcoming group exhibition Matereality, at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. (14 .02 .20 – 2 .08 .20)
Karakashian recently presented her most recent body of work with SMAC Gallery at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa as part of the curated SOLO Section. (14. 02. 20 – 16. 02. 20)
Emilie Gambade | Daily Maverick | At Art Dubai, diversity of works and cultures prevails | 18 March 2019 – 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
Sean O’Toole | Wanted Online | Young African Artists – Alexandra Karakashian | September 2013 – PDF