Levan Tsutskiridze was a Georgian monumentalist artist, illustrator, and painter of frescoes in the Sioni Cathedral, Tbilisi. Tsutskiridze illustrated The Knight in the Tiger’s Skin, a poem published in Berlin in German translation. It was also published in Tbilisi, Moscow, Yerevan, and Japan. He was also the author of the design and illustrations of more than thirty books. In 1946, Tsutskiridze started taking classes on painting and graphic arts at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. During his time at the academy, the staff labeled Tsutskiridze as having a formalist style and punished him for allegedly being obstinate and disobedient. They demoted him first from second year to first year and then again from fourth year to first year. As a result, Tsutskiridze did not graduate the academy until 1957. After graduation, his works were banned from the exhibition list. Tsutskiridze held his first personal exhibition in 1959 in Tbilisi, at the Union of Architects of Georgia. The exhibition proved his artistic manner to originate from the Georgian traditional fresco, at the same time bearing individual features. During 1960 and 1970, Tsutskiridze was a professor of Tbilisi Academy of Arts and Polytechnic Institute of Georgia (by turns), while during 1971 and 2005, a professor of Chair of Drawing of Tbilisi Academy of Arts. In 1976, a large canvas called “Aspiration” was installed in Poti. In 1977, a monumental picture “Kolkheti”- in the town of Senaki and “Cherishable” based on The Knight in the Tiger’s Skin by Shota Rustaveli at the House of Union of Writers of Georgia. His works based on Goethe’s “Faust” are exhibited in the Goethe House Museum in Weimar (Germany). In 1984-88, Tsutskiridze completed frescoes paintings on three walls of the Sioni Cathedral.
Date of Birth/Death1926-2021Share