Dimitri Khakhutashvili (1927-2009) was a Georgian painter, graphic artist and teacher; he is a bright representative of the 1950s generation. He studied at the Faculty of Painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (1948-1953). Dimitri Khakhutashvili worked at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts from 1953 to 2008. He was awarded the title of Professor in 1974, and in 1991 - People's Artist of Georgia; from 1982 to 2006, Dimitri Khakhutashvili served as Head of the Department of Painting.
Dimitri Khakhutashvili worked using different genres, styles and techniques in his paintings: realism, impressionism, pointillism, expressionism, abstractionism, cubism, and suprematism among others. He worked in both classical and experimental, modernist genres.
He produced almost 100 book illustrations (for the most popular folk tales).
During his lifetime, he only participated in different group exhibitions, and never held a solo exhibition. He was mainly focused on teaching younger generations of Georgian artists at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.
Dimitri Khakhutashvili’s 95th Anniversary retrospective solo exhibition was displayed at the Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery in July 2022.
Dimitri Khakhutashvili’s works are housed at the Shalva Amiranashvili Georgian State Museum of Fine Arts, the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, the Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, the Nancy and Norton Dodge Collection (USA), as well as in various private collections.