Jemal Japaridze, the sculptor was born in Tbilisi, in 1932.
In 1959 he graduated from the Tbilisi Academy of Arts.
His graduate work supervised by the sculptor Nikoloz Kandelaki portrayed primarily Queen Tamar. But the Soviet censorship in Georgia at that time should not allow the sculptural depictions of Kings and Queens (kings statues were allowed only a bit later) so that version of the graduate work had not been approved. However the second proposal, depicting the outstanding Georgian ballet-dancer Vakhtang Chabukiani, and titled “Vakhtang Chabukiani- the Ballet Master” was welcomed and thereafter the full-length statue of Vakhtang Chabukiani was set in the foyer of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre – the first recognition of the young sculptor.
Throughout the 1960s and 1980s, his works had been extensively exhibited in different shows in and outside of Georgia.
Jemal Japaridze’s works are made in marble, wood and metal and encompass monumental and park sculpture genres and portraiture.
Warrior Woman is the main motif and favorite image in Jemal Japaridze’s art, materialized in the images of Queen Tamar, the Archers, Amazons and the mythological Medea, while the lyrical women imagery is depicted in the motifs of motherhood and family as well as in various portraits of the artist’s contemporary women.