Vakhtang Kokiashvili

1930 - 2010 · Georgia

Artist biography

Vakhtang Kokiashvili was born in Tbilisi, 1930 In 1956 Kokiashvili graduated from the Tbilisi Art Academy (faculty of painting) and started his creative work in classical painting. During his studies at the Academy, he was excluded for overt curiosity and out of the box thinking, but luckily was soon reinstated. After the graduation Kokiashvili becomes interested in postimpressionism and American expressionism. The soviet exhibition committees (“Vistavkoms”) rarely exhibit his works though.

In 1962-1969 and 1973-1979 Kokiashvili served as the chief artist of the Artists’ Fund of Georgia. In 1967 he was awarded the title of the Honored Artist of Georgia. In 1981-1994 he chaired the Monumental Division of the Artist’s Union of Georgia. At different times his works were exhibited in the cities of Warsaw (Poland, 1959), Tripoli (Libya, 1965), Dresden (Germany, 1969), Sofia (Bulgaria, 1975) and Kecskemét (Hungary, 1981 and 1989). In July-August of 1996 Kokiashvili worked at the international Artist’s-house studio in Paris and later had his first personal exhibition at the Georgian Embassy, Paris (France).

Vakhtang Kokiashvili has considerably influenced emergence of stained-glass art in Georgia. He is best known for creating following works: stained glass windows in the interior of the former Hotel Iveria (Tbilisi), at the lower station of the Tbilisi Funicular, at the Tbilisi International Airport, at the Institute of Physiology (Tbilisi); painting and stained glass window at the Hotel Metekhi (Tbilisi). His works -interior design and monumental have also been presented in the other Georgian cities and locations: Kutaisi, Abasha, Kvareli, Tskhinvali, Sukhumi, Adler, Pitsunda, recreational complexes of the Ritsa Lake (Abkhazia) and Nalchik (Russian Federation), numerous sites in Moscow (Russian Federation), Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Since 1990s Vakhtang Kokiashvili became active in production of pop art series. Mythos , religion and ethnographic pop assembles in artist works. Horizontal expansion of artistic expression and cultural value is furthered in his work through the usage of many different forms of production (abstract paintings, collage, assemblage, works on enamel and installations). During the last years of his life Kokiashvili focused on translations of religious narratives and symbols into consumer language of 2000s shaping this way new creative spaces which can encompass a wider social range and at the same time maintain its independence. Kokiashvili was known for his exceptional sense of colors, also for mixing different materials and creating new technics, which are extensively demonstrated in his works.

Vakhtang Kokiashvili

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