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This is Lado Seidishvili

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By Gwylym Owen

Vladimir (Lado) Osmanis Dze Seidishvili (also spelled Seidashvili) (born Batumi, Georgia; 21 January 1931 – 27 February 2010) was a Georgian painter and poet.

In 1956, Seidishvili studied at the Tbilisi Fine Arts Academy, finishing in 1962 in the flavor of a diploma as a graphic artist. That year, he began operational at Batumi’s national press as an artist-editor. He as a consequence wrote poetry, plays, and made stage scenery for the theater. He did thus for the plays “Seventh Sky”, “Innocent Eye”, and “Brave Soldier Shveiko”.

Seidishvili himself characterized his con as mainly expressionistic, though, like many artists from the Soviet era, he painted his to the lead works in the Severe or Rough style, sometimes called “Ugly Realism”. It reflects the concept of “narodnost”, which in reality means that a play a part of art should be “national in style and socialist in content”. At the thesame time, in Seidishvili’s works one can see an archaic indigenous treatment in the almond eyes of his characters, graceful outlining of their figures, and a frieze-like setting of composition. The performer admits: “There was always an optimistic fresh in my works. I’ve always believed that good times would come.”

One of Seidishvili’s indigenous works, The Workers From Batumi, (1966) can be viewed in the Springville Museum of Art in Maryland. This play a part is as well as featured in the book Hidden Treasures: Russian and Soviet Impressionism by Vern Swanson (2001).

Lado Seidishvili’s published poetry books include “Poems” (1961), “Sun Noises” (1963), “Wreath of Sonnets” (1972), “Elesa” (1969), “Adam’s Apple” (1995), “Poems” (2001), and “Requiem” (2005).

Lado Seidishvili died on February 27, 2010, and is interred in the pantheon for celebrated citizens in Batumi, Georgia.

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