The best Peoples' Painter of Georgia is Elguja Amashukeli. He was born in Tbilisi in 1928. He graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1955. He is an author of monuments: "Mother of Georgia" in Tbilisi, 'Monument of Glory" in Poti, design of the entrance in metro station "Rustaveli" in Tbilisi, monuments in memory of Vakhtang Gorgasali and Niko Pirosmani in Tbilisi, David the Builder in Kutaisi. He is also an author of book "The Sixth Sense" (1981 ), "Letters of Art" (1984).
And here is some of his monuments:
History Of Tbilisi
The word Tbilisi derives from "tbili" meaning warm in Georgian. According to a legend, Georgian king Vahtang Gorgasaly was falcon hunting in the area where he was going to build a new capital. His falcon caught a bird, but dropped it. The bird was found later in a hot stream almost boiled and ready to be served for lunch :-). Those hot streams turned to be very healthy mineral sources long used for in Tbilisi Turkish baths 19th and 20th centuries.
Niko Pirosmanashvili was born in 1862 to a poor peasant family. He spent most of his life in what was called Tiflis at the time (now Tbilisi), where he arrived as a small orphaned boy. His whole life was a chain of ascents and descents, of illusions and disenchantments, which eventually led him to a solitary death (his grave has never been discovered). Pirosmani tried his hands at a number of occupations: he tried to set up an establishment to paint shop signs, worked as a railway guide, engaged in trade until the urge to paint became irrepresible. He then droped everything to be an artist. In his stuggle to maintain himself while focusing on his art, Pirosmani occasionally performed simple tasks, such as whitewashing a wall or painting a street number on a house front.
One well-known story, is of Pirosmani's incredible fascination with an actress, Marguerita. He stepped out of the shadow of unrequited love, selling everything he could to gather money in order to shower Marguerita with roses. He lay them all, literally hundreds upon hundreds of them, in front of her home in the name of love. This moving scene has been immortalized by the famed Russian diva, Alla Pugachova.
Despite his common beginnings and difficult life, today the Pirosmani name enjoys worldwide renown. His works hang in major art galleries and reproduced in glossy art books and catalogues. Exhibitions of his works have made triumphant tours of European capitals. They are considered a Georgian national treasure and are prized by only a very few private collectors.
The famous Metekhi Church and statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali ("Wolf Lion")
Monument builted by Elguja Amashukeli