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CV & Bio

Nana Bagdavadze is a Georgian born and classically trained American artist. She has been exhibiting for years in US and Europe and her works are in numerous permanent collections of University of Kansas, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, National Library of Georgia, Tbilisi, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, Washington DC, Government Center in Salem, Oregon, and private collections throughout the world.

Nana’s recent work is inspired by science and closely based on her personal experiences. Ongoing series, “Nanovisions”, represent symbolic images of DNA, and based on her experience as a bone marrow donor. New works on paper, the metaphors for Sun and Galaxies are inspired by working with scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Nana is a well-known portrait artist and has been commissioned all over the world. She has taught Painting and Drawing in Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia, an adjunct faculty of the Seattle Pacific University at the Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Kirkland Art Center, University of Washington Experimental College and taught workshops in France. Recently she started to teach painting classes at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital Building in Washington, DC.

Nana was granted permanent residency in 1994 based on “Outstanding Artist” category and became US citizen in 1999. For the last 4 years Nana works and resides in Washington DC with her husband Sandro, a space physicist. They have three sons Nicholas, David and Levan.



  • National Library of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • NASA Goddard Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
  • The Trinity United Methodist Church, McLean, VA
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
  • National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, Washington, DC
  • Swedish Hospital Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Rieger Hall
  • Government Center Building, Salem, OR
  • Numerous private collections in US and Europe


  • Broadway Gallery, New York, NY, 2011
  • National Library of Georgia, Tbilisi, 2010
  • Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC, 2010
  • Venable, LLC, Washington, DC, 2010
  • Edison Gallery, Washington, DC, 2009
  • Workhouse Gallery, Lorton, VA, 2009
  • Artomatic, DC, 2008
  • Wingnut Gallery Seattle, WA, 2004
  • Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy, 2003
  • Beadleston Gallery, New York, NY, 2001
  • Seanet Corporation, Seattle, WA, 1995
  • Women’s University Club, Seattle, WA, 2004
  • Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2002 and 2003
  • COCA, Seattle, WA, 2000
  • Pratt Fine Arts, Seattle, WA, 2002 and 2004
  • Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA 1998
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1994
  • Ambassador Hall, Pasadena, CA, 1995
  • Foster White Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 1993
  • Security Pacific Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1992
  • Mia Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1990
  • Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1991
  • National Show of Best Diploma Pieces, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1985
  • Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC, 2011-present
  • Seattle Pacific University Adjunct Faculty, 2000-2010
  • Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2000-2008
  • Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA, 1993-2005
  • Women’s University Club, Seattle, WA 1993-2006
  • Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, 2002-2004
  • University of Washington Experimental College, 1993-2000
  • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 1995
  • Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland WA, 1997-2000
  • Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, Lecturer, 1989 and 2003
  • Lakeside School, Seattle, WA, Lecturer, 1989
  • Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts, Professor of Painting, Tbilisi, Georgia, 1985-1998
  • Curator of the show at Metropolis Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1994
  • Curator of the international show at Friesen Gallery, Seattle, 1991
  • October, 2010,”DNA-the source of inspiration”, by Nina Gedevanishvili, “24Hours”, Tbilisi
  • May, 2009, “Artist Portrait”, by Jim Magner, Capital Community News, HillRag
  • July, 2008, “Nana’s Nanovisions”, by Ivan Amato, Chemical and Engineering News
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia, MFA1978-1984
  • Nicoladze Fine Arts College, Tbilisi, Georgia, BFA1974-1978
  • Hermitage Museum, Summer Studies, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1974-1978
  • School of Music, Piano, Tbilisi, Georgia, BFA 1970-1977
  • Fluent in English, Georgian, Russian