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BIO


George Bezani is an American multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Bezani holds an MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. He is a recipient of the Fondazione Claudio Buziol prize (Venice, 2008), as well as the Outstanding Artist award supported by the Austrian Ministry of Culture BMUKK (Vienna, 2011). His work has been showcased at the MAK Museum in Vienna, the Arnhem Biennale, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and CICA in South Korea, among others. After a successful decade spent in the fashion industry, working for his eponymous brand as well as for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ralph Lauren, and The Row, Bezani now solely dedicates his time to his painting practice. 
 
ARTIST STATEMENT

 In my paintings, I investigate the compositions of daily life moments, reflecting the fragility of the modern world. Each piece is created through prolonged observation of personal and collected photographs, collages, sketches, and daily shots taken with my phone. In my latest series, _TenShen_ ,I explore technology's impact on society, depicting individuals in a state of escapism and attention disorder. Characters infused with digital influences are lost in monochromatic landscapes filled with tension and desolation, confronting the viewer with the consequences of screen culture. I observe bodies that are no longer autonomous but fused with devices, exploring the human condition and questioning the purpose of life lived through screens.

 My work captures moments of queer intimacy, vulnerability, and uncertain self-esteem, challenging the 21st-century human's reliance on cybernated data. I propose the human figure as both voyeur and arbiter of future communication, merging labor-intensive craftsmanship with automated processes to create intricate narratives filled with metaphors and symbolism. 

 I detect and uncover the layers of techno fatigue and social amnesia experienced by the contemporary human body through my paintings. I predominantly utilize a color palette derived from CT scan images, symbolizing my practice of body examination. In my work, I propose the human figure as a voyeur and a selector of future communication mechanisms. I merge labor-intensive craftsmanship with an automated process, incorporating a quick splash of techniques, metaphors, and often inconsequential symbols.


CV
 
Education
2011 MFA , University of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT

2004 BA, Architecture, Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi, GE

Group Exhibitions

2024 Just Imagine by Liquitex, 99 Scott, Brooklyn, USA

2024 Objects Without (Home), curated by Annie Chen Ziyao and Bebe Uddin, :iidrr Gallery, New York City, USA

2023 MVA Open Studios - Liquitex  AIR Residents, New Jersey, USA

2023 Gagosian Gallery Staff Exhibition, Gagosian 541 West 24th Street, New York City , USA
2023 Breath,  CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, KOR 
2022 Speaklow, New York City, USA
2020 Show Off ,  MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT
2018  Mode als Statement, Galeriefreihausgasse, Villach, AT
2016 NJAL at Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA

2011 BMUKK Outstanding11, RadioKulturhaus, Vienna, AT
2011 Arnhem Biennale, Curated by Carlo Wijnands, Arnhem, NL
2010 Bilbao International Art & Fashion Competition, Guggenheim Bilbao, ESP
 

Residencies
2022 Liquitex Residency Program, New Jersey, USA

2010 Master Class in Master Crafts by Camper, Mallorca, ESP
 
Awards 
2023 Art Vue Foundation Award, Brussels, BE
2022 Liquitex Award, New York City, USA
2011 Outstanding Artist Award supported by the Austrian Ministry of Culture BMUKK , Vienna, AT
2011 Der Standard - Rondo Voeslauer Award, Vienna, AT

2009 Swiss Textiles Sponsorship Prize, Zurich, CH
2009 SONG Concept Store Prize, Vienna, AT

2008 Fondazione Claudio Buziol Prize, Venice, IT

Publications
Fashion - Aus der Kostüm- und Modesammlung by Elisabeth Frottier, Birkhäuser Verlag 2017, AT
Menswear: Fashion Forward Designers by Louis Bou, Instituto Monsa de Ediciones 2012, ES

Fashion 2 by Friederike Krump, alt/cramer publishers 2012, Berlin, DE

The Poetry of Fashion Design by Paz Diman, Rockport publishers 2011, USA

Master Class in Master Crafts by Camper, Nova Era Barcelona 2010, ESP

Press

The New York Times, Style.com Magazine, Citizen K, Fashionisto, Amarta, Peng! Magazine, Vogue Ukraine, Wallpaper*, Der Standard- Rondo, Tabula,

Diva, GQ Russia, Cosmopolitan, Boulevard Magazine, Die Presse, Harper's Bazaar KZ, Maxima, uMag, Falter, Dash Magazine, FLUX, Missy Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Japan, XII Magazine, FAQ Magazine, Vogue Japan, Artforum


 

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