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Dato Kratsashvili
Birth and Death1963–1980Share

Kratsashvili Dato

Dato Kratsashvili was called a “little genius”. He used to write, paint, and sing. He died 17 years old (1963 – 1980). The lines of his poem reveal that he also predicted his untimely death: „It will rain on the day of the funeral, even the raindrops will mourn me, they will bury me outside Tbilisi and, probably, I will be forgotten forever”. Dato Kratsashvili graduated from the the ten-year piano school at the Vano Sarajishvili State Conservatory. In the same year, he enrolled in the painting department of the Iakob Nikoladze Art School in Tbilisi. In 1979, at a group exhibition organized at the House of Art Workers in Tbilisi, artist was awarded a diploma and a prize (“Venus”) for the best composition – “Rainy Day”. It was his first and the only acknowledgement in life. Artist left up to 1000 paintings and drawings, 35 poems, and up to 10 diaries. Unfortunately, his musical improvisations have not survived. Dato Kratsashvili’s first solo exhibition after his death, in 1981, was held at the Shavnabada, City of Youth, exhibition hall “Pirosmani”, which was followed by solo and group exhibitions in various cities of Georgia and abroad; for example, the exhibition in the exhibition hall of the Cinema Tbilisi (Moscow, USSR 1982), Elene Akhvlediani Children’s Art Gallery (Tbilisi. 1982), an exhibition of works in St. Petersburg, USSR. (1983), an exhibition of 20 works at the 12th World Festival of Students and Youth. Moscow, USSR. (1985). In 1988, Bulgaria got acquainted with Dato Kratsashvili’s works at the international festival “Peace Flag”. Later, his 72 paintings were exhibited in the exhibition hall of TBC Bank (Tbilisi. 2007), 65 works – at Sighnaghi Historical-ethnographic Museum. (2009); In 2022, solo exhibition “Time” at the Georgian National Gallery.  Due to the phenomenal creative talent of the 17-year-old artist, in 1988 the Smithsonian International Astrophysical Observatory in the USA named the planet known as 3146 “Dato”. “This boy was a genius, and thank God that Dato left us part of his greatness to impress us” – wrote American art critic Max Gaitor”.

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