Salome Rigvava (b.1988, Gagra, Abkhazia, Georgia) lives and works in New York, USA. Salome is currently studying MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She also completed her studies on a full scholarship at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design with Professor Holger Bunk in 2014. Prior to that, she studied painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of Art. Earning a Bachelor’s degree (2006-2010) and a Master’s degree (2010-12).
Salome often focuses on one heavy cultural symbol and explores her subject in terms that are deeply personal. The figures are often females in different degrees of awareness of their being painted. The tones are soft and pretty but can take on a hyper-saturated and dark quality that lends to the psychology.
Her artworks are in private collections in Germany, Japan, USA, Sweden, the UK, Russia and her homeland Georgia.