Passions of an Artist
17 November, 2011
Passions of an Artist

Recently a new Art Gallery started functioning in Tbilisi with 250 pictures by Edisher (Botso) Baramidze already in display, whose rather short life was marked by great productivity, original mixed technique, deep love for beauty and subtle sense of color. His was not an instant popularity, let’s say, he was recognized posthumously – real artists never die, their art stays with us forever... 

Edisher Baramidze grew up and matured right in front of my eyes in an outstanding family of art

lovers and professionals: mom Lia Svanidze – artist and poet, dad Givi Baramidze – writer, essayist, art critic and a fierce fighter against soviet regime, grandma – actress and grandpa – musician. No surprise that he was so richly endowed, but strange as it might sound, the family could not notice this multitalented boy’s precious salient faculties: he created music, he performed, he wrote poetry and sang. Edisher’s family was not doing well at all and he had to often go from job to job to survive. Most of the family died out early, and he was left to grow up only in his mother’s company which was not always as sweet as he would have liked to have been. Just imagine two artists on one turf! There were fights and quarrels of course, especially about each other’s works but love had prevailed and mother and son embraced life together in creative harmony and in whatever the day would suggest.

Edisher was an adventure seeker. Once he found himself in Kenigsberg. He said he wanted to see Kant’s grave – he was infatuated with the great philosopher’s ideas. Time passed and the young artist acquired a family nest of his own, but he still remained lonely. He did not easily put up with a married man’s daily routine – conformism got on his nerves. He was irritated by falsehood both in art and in people. He hated pop music and Brazilian soap-operas. What he loved was Beatles, elevated poetry, playing music and drinking with friends. He loved having guests although he often tired them to death with his unstoppable verbal rush and weirdo thoughts. Sometime he wanted to be utterly alone and avoided meeting with people, staying locked at home for weeks. By nights, when the wine usually kicked in, he would pen down strange poems and songs. He was surrounded by relatives living with him in a small apartment full of pictures: wife Keti Gogichashvili painted, daughter Nino too, and they all had their own ambition of an artist. Yes, there was a lot in Edisher’s life to cope with, which he could not always handle with simplicity.

Says Tamara Tsintsadze, patron of arts and shepherd of Baramidze’s talent:

“It was impossible to describe in a few words what and how Edisher painted. Often, he did not paint with a brush but created installations, used mixed technique with paints, stone, brick, clay, sawdust, human hair, woolen threads, seeds, other disparate things. Often this was prompted not only by originality, but by the lack of money. But, whatever the reason, richness of material and the artist’s imagination created a colorful gallery of pictures among which you can come across realistic, abstract or romantic portraits, still life, installations, cosmic bodies, images of people of various races and nationalities, static and dynamic figures, warriors, samurais, actors, musicians, dancers, nudes, flowers and swords, a butterfly and a lion, theatrical mysteries, buildings, ships, etc. He never painted pictures of real persons, but when he created his imaginary portraits, he always found in them likeness with somebody he knew – as if an opposite process took place. In his head reality and fantasy, sane and crazy ideas were fused, as we observe it in his art. In his work we see him as a naive, primitivist painter who also used surrealistic and impressionistic means of expression”.

Edisher indulged in drinking, seriously damaging his liver. He died at 52.  His mother, who was very far away from Georgia at that time, could not even see him in his final days. Edisher Baramidze is no longer around but life is complete with his fantastic art which seem to be a reincarnation of his body and survival of his soul.

On permanent display in the new art gallery, there are most interesting landscapes and portraits created by Edisher’s mother, Honored Artist of Georgia, and still lives made by Edisher’s wife. Actually, in this gallery everything revolves around Edisher Baramidze. It took Tamar Tsintsadze about 15 years to put together this collection. She started as an amateur but ended as a connoisseur of art. What a great tribute done to Georgian fine arts!

 

Visitors welcome to the Gallery, currently by appointment:

34, Kazebegi Ave (End of Gegechkori street in Saburtalo)

Tel: 577461038, 2369206, 2398172

Dr.Tamar Tsintsadze

Vice-president, Diplomatic Academy of Georgia

Director, Art Center & Gallery

Charter President of Rotary Club of Tbilisi Academia

Print
Other Stories
The Fourth Official Ceremony of the Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards
On December 3, 2018 Rustaveli Theatre will host the most remarkable event of the Tourism and Hospitality industry of Georgia
Mtatsminda Panthenon – a necropolis of great Georgians
Mtatsminda Pantheon is a necropolis in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The portrait of the Georgian King Teimuraz II returns to Homeland
The portrait of the King Teimuraz II belongs to the collection of Bagrationi Dynasty
Georgian song Suliko performed at the Frankfurt Buchmesse 2018
Georgia was granted an incredible title this year.
Representatives of Georgian wine companies assess Georgian Wine Festival 2018
Georgian Wine Festival 2018 gives unique possibility to around 50 companies to present their wine to hundreds of Georgians and tourists.
Representatives of the government attend Georgian Wine Festival 2018
“Georgian Wine Festival 2018 is a celebration of a successful Rtveli (vintage)” – says minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia Levan Davitashvili.
Tourists speak about Georgian wine at the Georgian Wine Festival 2018
Georgian Wine Festival 2018 has been going on for several hours already on the Shardeni Street in Tbilisi.
Georgian Wine Festival 2018 kicks off on the 13th of October
Actors from the Motion theatre, drummers, fire show, Georgian folklore and the most important – Georgian wine – this is a short list of activities available at the Georgian Wine Festival
Khatia Buniatishvili opens the Frankfurt Book Fair
On the 9th of October, The Frankfurt Book Fair officially commenced.
Palitra L to be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair
This year Georgia has an incredible opportunity to introduce its culture, history and cuisine to the world.
Tbilisoba 2018 in photos
Tbilisoba is an annual festival held on the last weekend of October but this year it takes place on the first weekend of October.
Schedule for the Tbilisoba 2018
Tbilisoba 2018 will start today, on the 6th of October and last until the 7th of October.
Tbilisoba 2018 to be celebrated in Moscow
Tbilisoba is an annual festival held on the last weekend of October but this year it takes place on the first weekend of October.
Georgian alphabet in the metro of Frankfurt
Frankfurt U-Bahn has been decorated with the posters of Georgian alphabet.
A crucial year for fighting climate change: The EU steps up international cooperation on Paris Agreement implementation
The scale of the climate challenges we face today and in the future is clear.
Extraordinary photography – Gigo Gabashvili
Gigo Gabashvili was a Georgian painter and photographer (1862-1936).
Georgian dance Davluri
There are different varieties of the Georgian dance.
Georgia as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s biggest book fair.
Katie Melua Performs in Georgia on her own birthday
On the 16th of September, Georgia hosted the Georgian born British singer Katie Melua in European Square, Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
Khatia Buniatishvili performs in Georgia
On the 15th of September, Khatia Buniatishvili performed with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vakhtang Kakhidze at the Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture
Georgian pianist Nicolas Namoradze wins Honens 2018
The Georgian pianist Nicolas Namoradze has become a Honens Prize Laureate. The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years.
Katie Melua to give a concert in Georgia
Katie Melua, the Georgian-British singer and songwriter, will perform in Georgia. The concert will take place at 21:0 in Europe square on 16th of September, Tbilisi.
Mikhail Baryshnikov to perform in Georgia
The Latvian born Russian / American ballet dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov has arrived in Georgia.
A dance with daggers performed by the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet
The Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet perform the dance called Khanjluri, or a dance with daggers.
Sno – Georgian dance performed by the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet
Previously we have published the Georgian dance – very traditional and one of the oldest in the history of Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
16.11.2018
17.11.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6818
2.6727
EUR
1
EUR
3.0299
3.0268
GBP
1
GBP
3.4332
3.4240
RUB
100
RUB
4.0185
4.0447