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Levan Songulashvili, @levan_art born 1991 in Tbilisi, began painting at six years old and received professional training in his hometown during his teen years. At the age of 22, he graduated from the State Art Academy with a bachelor’s degree in drawing and printing. Early in his career he was awarded with scholarships and prizes, and he was the first Georgian student to graduate painting at the New York Art Academy with a Master’s Degree. His award-winning works, combining old mastery with cutting-edge techniques, are shown in galleries, private collections, and museums worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum. Both at home in Tbilisi and in New York, he was Artist in Residence of Galerie Kornfeld/68projects in Berlin for three months, where four large-format oil paintings were created and exhibited as a continuation of his Styx series. They show a mythologist and mystic at work, whose fantastically hovering instrument, whether feather, pen or brush, always probes into the depth, the secret, where all colors go out in these works of art. An Ophelia-esque woman’s head depicts a barely recognizable form of a female body on its face – an unobtrusive quote from the history of art (Magritte), which is as present in his pictures as the myths, like those of figures from religion or poetry.