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This is Radish Tordia

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By Gwylym Owen

Radish Tordia (Georgian: რადიშ თორდია) (born August 21, 1936 in Abasha) is a painter of symbolic art from Georgia. He works in oil painting, with particular emphasis upon colouristic features. His preferred subject is women, who he regards as “the most beautiful launch in the world.”

Tordia graduated from the J. Nikoladze Art Studio in Tbilisi in 1956, and later moved on to the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, from where he graduated in 1962.

Tordia was one of the “Five Georgian Artists” who created an exhibition in Moscow in 1977. The extra artists were Nana Meskhidze, Givi Narmania, Zurab Razmadze and Bezhan Shvelidze.

He has been widely lauded in his home country, where he was denoted the “Honoured Artist of Georgia” in 1979, and awarded the State Prize the later year. In 1990, he became the “People’s Artist of Georgia”, and was the recipient of the “Order of Honour” in 1997. He has regularly exhibited throughout Georgia and Russia previously 1978, and abroad past 1980, including Tunisia, Cologne, Washington, D.C. and London.

His work can be found in the private collections of the Queen of the Netherlands, former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, former German diplomatic leaders Helmut Kohl and Roman Herzog. It is as a consequence exhibited at the Georgian National Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow, the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

He presently lives in Tbilisi.

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