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Portraits of Artists by Guram Tsibakhashvili

Guram Tsibakhashvili, also known by his nickname Tsibakha, is one of the most outstanding figures in contemporary Georgian photography. He captured some of Georgia's most famous public figures and celebrities of the 1990s: individuals distinguished for their extravagance, unusual lifestyles, unorthodox views, and for expressing themselves freely. 


Guram Tsibakhashvili was born in 1960 in Tbilisi. Guram has taken part in many solo and international group exhibitions in different countries. 


About the Project 


"For me as a photographer, one of the most interesting subjects that I am always happy to work on is portraits of artists. I learn a lot through interaction with them, acquiring skills such as perception of composition, application of color palettes, the drawing of clear lines, and I utilize them all in my photography. 


To my mind, the creative spaces where artists spend most of their time offer a discovery. However, what interests me most is their way of life – the ability to apply various unusual approaches to everyday life. This nonstandard approach often manifests itself in their appearance as well. Of course, I love to photograph these details. 


Meanwhile, I have collected a lot of shots that portray different artists at different times. 


The best way to reveal the inner world of artists is to photograph them in their studios (Gia Bughadze, Tengiz Mirzashvili, Irakli Sutidze). Some of the portraits were shot in my studio, where I documented their visits (Kote Jincharadze, Nikoloz Lutidze). Some of the shots were inspired by famous creative works like Egon Schiele’s pictures. Some of the portraits were created during impromptu meetings in the street (Avto Meskhi, Dimitri Eristavi). " - Guram Tsibakhashvili


Irakli Pharjiani. 1990

Irakli Pharjiani. 1990

Gia Bugadze. 1987

Keti Kapanadze. 1990

Edmund Kalandadze. 1995

Dimitri Eristavi. 1995

Dimitri Eristavi. 1995

Tengiz Mirzashvili. 1995

Iliko Zautashvili. 1995

Kote Sulaberidze. 1995

Misha Gogrijiani. 1995

Irakli Sutidze. 1996 

Levan Chogoshvili. 1996

Merab Abramishvili. 1996

Shalva Matuashvili. 1996 

Temo Javakhisvhili. 1999

Jibson Khundadze. 2008

Nikoloz Lutidze. 2012

Keta Gavasheli and Andria Dolidze. 1016

Avto Meskhi. 2013 

Kote Jinjharadze. 2015

Tato Akhalkatsishvili. 2021

Dimitri Eristavi