Nugzar Kahiani /Nugzar Kakhiani/ (1952)
Nugzar Avtandilovich Kahiani was born in Poti, Georgia in 1952. He studied at the Art College named after Nikoladze. Then he went to serve in the Soviet Army from1970 to 1972. After completing his military service he entered the Stieglitz St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry at the faculty of artistic metal, from which he graduated in 1986. During his studies, he has been actively engaged in painting. His favourite artists are Gauguin, El Greco, Botticelli, Turner and Picasso.
Works of artistic stone
He worked also with stone, cornelian and onyx. But his soul gravitated to bright and blustery color, and so he has became engaged in painting. At first his paintings were quiet, with muted tonal gamma. The color image was built on the play of hues and halftones. Such a careful elaboration of color educates the taste, sharpness and delicacy of vision. Gradually, the painter became more experienced, and his paintings acquired assurance and power of maturity, blooming in colorful brilliancy.
Nugzar's color preferences
The color of Nugzar’s paintings is deep and multi-layered. It is woven of infinite number of hues and filled with light. At first sight it may be difficult to recognize the shapes in the play of flickering color dabs. The figures appear gradually, they draw the first breath just before our eyes, crystallizing from the color heap. The painter is attracted by major tonality and motives that years ago could be called “the gallant feasts” - repasts, assiduities, music parties, and airings. After somewhat daemonic, infernal imagery of early paintings, it has appeared the theme of “Le joie de vivre,” the joy of life.
Source of inspiration
Born in the ancient Kolkhida, he keeps the blissful pagan feel of entirety and completeness of being. It is embodied almost literally in his favorite personage auroral gorgeous-bodied beauty of a girl. He grants these forms even to Olympian inhabitants - Aphrodite, Athene, Arthemide, let alone the Bacchants. I remember unwittingly that Niko Pirosmani similarly painted on his impoverished buckrams the luxurious prince repasts and languid, elephantine beauties.
But his style is not bounded by grotesque parody, as well as the irony is not the only aspect of his world outlook. In his landscapes we can catch the ecstatic admiration with Nature. In contradistinction to his favorite impressionists, he never paints from nature and never bears in mind the particular place. It is just a blooming Earth, studied very closely, so that the trees are cut by the edges of the painting, and at the same time it is a bird’s eye view revealing infinite, boundless spaces. Nougzar says that the landscape for him is first of all a color ensemble. He can just leaf through the illustrated journal, nourishing his eye with color in various combinations, and so get the impulse to create a ‘physical’ landscape image. Probably, his landscapes are no less fantastical than his figure compositions, but such is his talent, his mission - to make the world more beautiful and gentle than it is in reality.
Nugzar Kakhiani is a matured and recognized master, as follows from the long list of his exhibitions and countries where his works reside.
1987 - Exhibition of Georgian Artists in the Museum of Ethnography, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
1989 - Exhibition of Artists of Leningrad-Lenexpo, Russia
1990 - Exhibition of Van Gogh's memory, "Palette" , Russia
1991 - Exhibition Gallery Palette
1991 - Festival of Leningrad galleries in Manege, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
1992 - Exhibition at Gallery Pinatin, Berlin.
1993 - Exhibition of Piraeus, Athens, Greece.
1993 - Exhibition Gallery 47, England, London.
1994 - Winner "Tsarskoselskaya Prize", Russia
1993 - Participated in "Denim Festival", Sestroretsk, Russia
1993 - Exhibition Gallery "N" in Emmelshausen, Germany
1995 - Exhibition Gallery "Palette", London, England
1999 - Exhibition Gallery "Irina", Florida, USA
1999 – Exhibition Gallery «ART CAFE SALHINO», Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2000 - Exhibition "Color sense",St. Petersburg , Russia
2000 - Autumn Exhibition "Portrait", the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg, Russia
2002 - Gallery of the IFA-St Petersburg, Russia
2002 - Autumn Exhibition of Creative association "Stray Dog", Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2003 - Exhibition Gallery INTERART , Vena , Austria
2004 – Exhibition «ECLECTIK CONTEMPORARY ART FROM ST. PET. RUSSIA»
2004 - Exhibition of Russian Artists "Grand Opening", Canada
2002 – 2005 - Gallery "Gode", Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005 - Gallery "BREMMER", Tilburg, Netherlands
2005 - Exhibition Gallery «Pieter Breughel», Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007 - Gallery "BREMMER", Tilburg, Netherlands
2006-2009 - Gallery "FIST CLASS ART", Numansdorp, Netherlands
2010 - Exhibition in Emmelshausen, Germany
2011, 2012 - Exhibition Gallery «Espace Art Gallery» Brussels, Belgium
2011, 2012 - Gallery "FIST CLASS ART", Numansdorp, Netherlands
Nugzars Kakhiani since 1987 has participated in many exhibitions -in Berlin, Athens, London, Florida, St. Petersburg, The artist's works are in private collections in Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, USA, Japan, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, England,Israel, Poland and Russia.