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SOLIKO VIRSALADZE

Simon (Soliko) Virsaladze (born 1908, Tbilisi - died 1989, Tbilisi) Virsaladze was a Georgian scenographer, and one of the leading figures of world theater painting in the 20th century. He studied at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (1927-1928), the Moscow Institute of Art and Technology, and the Leningrad Academy of Arts (1928-1931). At various times, Virsaladze worked as head scenic painter of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater, the Leningrad Theater of Opera and Ballet, and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. He received numerous awards for his work. He is buried in the Didube Pantheon of Public Figures in Tbilisi.