Georgia Michaelide Saad


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My main preoccupation in terms of my work has been for many years the subject of landscape and my experience of nature. It appears that there is a widely – held view that landscape is an anachronism in contemporary painting and not a subject for ‘ serious – minded ‘ artists. I contend that landscape painting is more complex and far- reaching than pleasant and homely views of nature and in the sense that it can extend and renew our experience of the world it remains extremely relevant.

In my landscape representations I have used the form of the fragment ( the paintings are interpretations of fragments of nature ). The fragment , however , relates at the same time to a larger , transcendent reality which gives unity and coherence to the fragments. I believe that this transcendent reality can be grasped more adequately through the use of imagination and intuition and the human capacity for symbolic experiencing . Nature can provide such a symbolic framework .

In my latest work I have focused on the microcosm – close-ups of flowers . As a result of focusing on a single flower and then enlarging it each flower assumes its own separate identity. So, in a sense, these paintings are portraits of flowers. There are strong affinities between this particular body of work and the flower paintings of the great American artist Georgia O’ Keeffe. O’Keeffe has obviously been an influence but my intention was not to copy her work. Any similarities are a result , I think , of a similar empathy with the natural world.

My paintings are primarily expressive of a romantic sensibility and there are also affinities between my work and that of the Romantic painters , particularly Caspar David Friedrich ( in my paintings of the sea and rocks ). The traditions of naturalism and modernism are further influences on my work.

I use traditional materials such as oil paints , brushes and canvas , as I find them suitable to my method of working and I consider them to belong to the craft of painting which is of primary concern to me.

My paintings are ultimately expressive of my attempts to find unity and continuity in a contemporary experience which is characterized by flux and relativity.


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Exhibitions in Cyprus
2016 Rodi Event Venue group show, Limassol, Cyprus.
2015 – 2016
Un Seul Grain de Riz group exhibition, International ‘ Small Format ‘ Art Competition & Show, Galerie Metanoia, Paris, France.
Art on Your Plate exhibition, Pegasus Art Foundation, Limassol, Cyprus.
CHEAPART group show, The Trade Event Venue, Limassol, Cyprus.
2015 CHEAPART group show, To Phytorio, Municipal Gardens, Nicosia, Cyprus
Christmas group show at Gloria Gallery,, Nicosia
2014 50 years E.KA.TE group show, Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol
2014 50 years E.KA.TE group show, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia
2014 50 years E.KA.TE gropu show , Municipal Art Gallery,  Larnaca
50 years E.KA.TE group show, Old Powerhouse, Paphos
2014 CHEAPART group show, Zacharias Gallery, Limassol
2013 Christmas group show at Gloria Gallery, Nicosia
2013 Book presentation at Gloria Gallery, Nicosia.The book comprised illustrated Cavafy poems, and I participated with two illustrations.

2012 Works on consignment at Minima Gallery, Mykonos
2012 Group Exhibition at Arthouse 59 Vinaigrette. Limassol
2011 Solo exhibition at Gloria Gallery, Nicosia
Summer Events at the Castle, 50 Years of the Republic of Cyprus Limassol Visual Artists at the Castle, Medieval Castle, Limassol
2009 : Recent Visual Trends and Perspectives, Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol
2009 50 x 50 x 50 group exhibition, Orpheus Gallery, Limassol.
2008 50 x 50 x 50 group exhibition, Orpheus gallery, Limassol.
2007 – 2008 Self – portrait group exhibition, YK : EMX, Nicosia Municipal Arts
2007 Crossfire group exhibition, Melina Mercouri Hall, Nicosia.
2006 Cyprus Green Party group show, Zacharias gallery, Limassol.
2005 Solo exhibition at Orpheus gallery, Limassol.
2005 Solo exhibition at Apocalypse gallery, Nicosia.
2002 Cypriot Painters of the 3rd Millenium group show at Famagusta Gate, Nicosia.
2001 Solo exhibition, Apocalypse gallery, Nicosia.

Exhibitions in South Africa
1996 Solo MAFA exhibition, Visual Arts Building gallery, Harmonie Campus, UNISA, Pretoria.
1995 Kempton Park Fine Arts Awards exhibition, Kempton Park gallery, Kempton Park .
1994 UNISA ( University of South Africa) postgraduate students Show, UNISA gallery, Pretoria.
1991 Art Co – operative group show, de Vignon von Alphen gallery, Knysna .
1990 Wildlife group show, de Vignon von Alphen gallery, Knysna.
1989 New Visions group show, Market gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
1986 Gallant House group show,. Johannesburg.
1985 Women’s Festival group show, Natalie Knight gallery, Johannesburg.
1976 BAFA Graduates exhibition , Gertrude Posel gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Red Iris 110cm x 90cm


Limassol, Cyprus . Lived in South Africa ( 1968 – 1996). Returned to Cyprus in 1996 where I have been living since

 · University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg , Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts ( Painting). ( 1972 – 1976)
· University of the Witwatersrand , Johannesburg. Higher Diploma in Education ( postgraduate) for secondary education. ( 1977)
· University of South Africa, Pretoria. Master of Arts in Fine Arts ( Painting) (1990 – 1996)

the Robin Aldwinckle Merit Bursary, at the University of South Africa ( 1994)

Works in public collections
· Ministry of Education and Culture , Nicosia , Cyprus
· Municipal Art Gallery , Nicosia, Cyprus
· Municipal Art Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus

Saad, G. 1996.Intimations of infinity: exploring transcendence in landscape painting. MAFA dissertation, University of South Africa, Pretoria.

Publications in which my work appears
· A directory of South African contemporary art: Volume 1 painting 1997/1998.1997. Stanford: Contemporary Arts Publishers in Association with Africus Institute for Contemporary art.
· Cypriot artists of the 3rd Millenium. 2002. Nicosia: Zampelas Art
· Enlargement of the European Union: Celebrating accession 2004. 2004 London : International Systems and Communications in association with the European Commisions Directorate – General for Enlargement.

Lemesos 2009: Recent Visual Trends and Perspectives. 2009. Limassol. Chamber of Fine Arts Limassol Municipality

Professional Experience
1978 – to the present Have been teaching Art at secondary school level at various . schools in South Africa and Cyprus

Membership to organizations
Member of the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts ( EKATE)