By Kate Lekishvili
After about 10 years of living in the US, Mamuka Giorgadze, a Georgian painter, is back in his home country and continues painting in his workshop in the Tiflis Avenue gallery. Between November 19 and November 23, the gallery, situated in 8/10 Erekle Mepe Street, Old Tbilisi, hosted an exhibition of his works.
Giorgadze has held personal exhibitions in Tallinn, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Minneapolis, Los-Angeles, Washington and Chicago. He works in oil colors, creating fascinating pieces, mostly of people and personalities. His paintings are rich in symbolism, and he has said that every detail has its own meaning.
As the theme of the exhibition was Adam and Eve, the gallery was decorated with red apples, and in most of his works one could find a man or a woman holding the fruit.
In his paintings, female characters are always dominant, and visitors are encouraged to look more deeply into her spirit to see the yet unknown sides of woman.
“My works are linked with myself, with my life, and my way of thinking about the relationship between men and women. In my paintings, women have strong characters” said Giorgadze in an interview with Georgia Today.
In Giorgadze’s paintings, women are symbols of love. “When God created Adam, he was unsatisfied with his rough form; then he created Eve - a woman - and he called her his masterpiece,” the painter explained. “For a real man, a woman is even more important than breathing.”
Most of the visitors - Georgians as well as foreigners - were very pleased with his work. After looking at the paintings, many commented that the paintings were quite different than the works of other Georgian artists. But most of them were intrigued by the faces of the individuals on the canvases, asking “Why aren’t these typical Georgian faces?”
The painter’s answer to this question was simple: “When God created man, there was no nationality.”
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