TamOONZ - A New Georgian Contemporary Artist on the Scene
06 August, 2015
TamOONZ - A New Georgian Contemporary Artist on the Scene
Perhaps many have already heard the nickname Tamoonz, but for those who have not, this is the pseudonym of a very talented Georgian contemporary artist Tamuna Tsakhnakia, whose masterful work decorates our city.

“At the group exhibition in London, my painting was named the Critics’ Choice .”

A few years ago, colorful graffiti began to appear in the streets and underground walkways of Tbilisi. Many street art enthusiasts, including myself, were eager to find out who the creator of these amazing
works was. Now we finally got this opportunity. Meet Tamoonz, the street artist who also makes animations for games, illustrates books and comics and does many other interesting things. Tamuna was more than eager to share the story of her achievements with Georgian Journal.

– When did you become interested in street art?

– When I was a little girl, my father used to send me postcards from Amsterdam along with photos depicting streets decorated with graffiti. I was in awe – I wondered how itgeotv.ge was possible to transmit paintings from canvas directly to the streets. After the internet finally entered our country, it took me many searches and a lot of time, but I nevertheless discovered and learned many things about graffiti. I became so interested in this part of underground culture that at the age of 17, I began to create my own works of street art by using paintbrushes instead of spray paint; there were no specific shops for this kind of art in Georgia at that time.
I published my digital art in graffiti style on social media and one day, to my surprise, a street art festival organizer invited me to Belgium to participate. When I went to Belgium in 2012, I found myself among 40 great artists that resembled one big family. That was the first time I got to work with spray paint. When they discovered that I did not know how to use it, they were surprised. Luckily, all of them were friendly and taught me different techniques and methods of using this new tool. I had a great time; it was a truly unforgettable week. By the time I returned to Georgia, I was brimming with new ideas. So I went back to painting the streets of Tbilisi with spray paint and extra gusto. Graffiti isn’t the only art form that I’ve occupied myself with. I have been working for many different companies and making storyboards for adverts since I was 18. I took part in the Batumi Street Art Festival as well as this year’s project at the Ministry of Culture. This involved decorating pianos that were later placed in the public spots in Batumi, which allowed anyone to play and demonstrate their talent.

“Originally I was painting the streets with paintbrushes because spray paint was not sold in Georgia at that time.”

– Tell us more about your artistic style.

– I always try to create my own characters and stick to my own style. New ideas constantly come to my mind. Besides street art, I have also been drawing characters for games. The field of illustration appeals to me greatly. I won a competition announced by Palitra L Publishing House and made illustrations for a book of tales by Charles Perrault.

– As far as we know, your paintings were exhibited in London as well.

– I have been creating works in watercolor and ink too. One British art agent got interested in paintings that I shared on social media and invited me to take part in a group exhibition in London where my painting was named the Critics’ Choice . Later, I was invited to hold a solo exhibition, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

– Will you share your future plans?

– I don’t have specific plans. I don’t know what tomorrow may bring. The only thing I am certain about is that I have to do a lot in the future. If you want to achieve success, you have to work hard and put a lot of effort into it. You should not rest on your laurels and you should always strive to develop further and to do your best.

Author: Lika Chigladze

Little Red Riding Hood, illustration for Charles Perrault’s book of fairy tales
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Game for smartphones

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Games for smartphones

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Painting in ink and watercolor, the Critics’ Choice at the exhibition in London
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Piano Art in the streets of Batumi
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Nucubidze Street ,Tbilisi
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Graffiti for Cafe''Factory 27''
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