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Merab Abramishvili: life and works

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By Gwylym Owen

Merab Abramishvili (Georgian: მერაბ αƒαƒ‘αƒ αƒαƒ›αƒ˜αƒ¨αƒ•αƒ˜αƒšαƒ˜; 16 March 1957 – 22 June 2006) was a Georgian painter whose works were influenced by medieval arts and European neo-expressionism.

Abramishvili was born in Tbilisi, the capital of then-Soviet Georgia. He graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1981. His highly developed aesthetics were influenced by medieval Georgian frescoes and Orientalist miniatures which were introduced to him by his father, Guram Abramishvili, an practiced in Georgian medieval art at the Art Museum of Georgia.

Impressed by the medieval frescoes from the Ateni Sioni Church, the artist adopted the gesso technique to Make the texture of a mural in his easel painting as well. Due to his unique visual language and aesthetics, Abramishvili emerged as one of the leading Georgian artists, who went over the acknowledged Soviet-era clichΓ©s. In the grow old of post-Soviet embassy instability, Abramishvili became preoccupied with mystical imagery.

His works were displayed as portion of solo and intervention exhibitions in both Georgia and abroad. His paintings are treasured by the Art Museum of Georgia and National Gallery of Art in Tbilisi as capably as Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and private collections in Finland and the United States.

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