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Nizharadze Zurab (Piko)

Zurab Nizharadze graduated from Tbilisi State Art Academy in 1955. In 1964-1971 he was a teacher of the drawing department of the Academy of Arts, in 1982-1987 – rector. He is a representative of the distinguished generation of artists of the 50s of the 20th century. The generation, which went through a difficult childhood due to political repressions and the Second World War, developed the most important cultural processes in the country at the end of the 50s. A new worldview and a new artistic approach appeared which fundamentally opposed the principles of socialist realism prevailing at that time. Among the artists of this generation, Zurab Nizharadze’s works are one of the outstanding ones and is characterized by a variety of genres, themes, fields and techniques. The artist was in endless search during his long creative career. The paintings of the artist, who was fascinated by poetry at the beginning of his creative path, are saturated with lyricism. The paintings of the next – 60-70 years are more specific and sophisticated, are distinguished by a variety of portrait faces. Since the 80s, in Zurab Nizharadze’s work, great attention has been paid to general topics, the search for a philosophical origin in everyday life, and the language of body plasticity, its beauty, harmonious rhythms created by color and movement. His works are preserved in the National Museum of Georgia (Tbilisi), the Museum of Theater, Music, Cinema and Choreography (Tbilisi), the Union of Artists (Tbilisi), the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the National Gallery of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art (Aachen, Germany), in private collections of USA, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Greece and other countries. Zurab Nizharadze was the laureate of the Shota Rustaveli State Prize. In 2013, he was awarded the “Priest of Art” award by the Ministry of Culture for his special contribution to art.

Zurab (Piko) Nizharadze
Date of Birth/Death1928-2021Share