Keti Matabeli – One of the most interesting Georgian painters
13 October, 2018
Keti Matabeli – One of the most interesting Georgian painters
Keti Matabeli is a Georgian painter. Her interesting works fascinate people all over the world. Keti creates folios through different kinds of materials. She graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Art in Georgia. She has decorated books such as “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” by Shota Rustaveli (a medieval Georgian epic poem), William Shakespeare’s works, Galaktion Tabidze’s poems, etc. Her paintings also reflect the works of the famous Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani.

Religious scenes
Adam and Eve, Photo courtesy:
Christmas Day, Photo courtesy:
St. George, Photo courtesy:

Inspired by love, Keti started painting at the age of 12-13. At first, she was interested in portraits. Her mother was painting very well but due to the marriage, she could not continue her studies at the academy. Her father was a doctor. Keti had never thought about becoming a doctor. She tries to employ old things, papers and materials in her work.

The exhibition of her art works have been displayed in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, England, Holland, the USA and Israel. Her folios have been spread all over the world. Not only individual collectors such as George Bush, the pope and the ecumenical Patriarch possess Keti Matabeli’s paintings but also international galleries, banks and museums.

“Niko Pirosmani Motifs”
Photo courtesy:

Keti Matabeli is married to a Georgian painter Gia Gugushvili. He is the rector of Tbilisi State Academy of Art in Georgia. His paintings are kept in Georgian as well as international museums and galleries. They have three children.

Gia Gugushvili’s paintings

Venice, Photo courtesy:

A musician, Photo courtesy:

First photo courtesy:

Related stories:

Young Georgian painter striving to study at the New York Academy of Arts

Renowned German painter’s artworks depicting 19th century Georgia on display at Art Palace

Simon – Little painter in Tbilisi and his story

Georgian painters' artworks to be presented at Sotheby’s auction

Other Stories
Things to keep in mind while travelling to Georgia
If you are planning to visit Georgia, Georgian Journal will provide you with important tips and recommendations.
3 Innovative startups created in Georgia
Georgian students have created a number of interesting startups in recent years.
Stunning Georgian Monasteries captured by Giorgi Nikolava
Georgian photographer Giorgi Nikolava has captured beautiful views of Georgian Monasteries.
Georgia, I love you - Georgian policemen's honorable behavior leaves tourist excited
"The Georgian police went above and beyond my expectations" - writes Nicole on Facebook.
Cave cities to visit in Georgia
Georgia boasts its unique caves spread out across the country.
Top 12 Must-See Places in Georgia
If you are going to visit Georgia, there are top 12 places you must visit throughout the country.
Unique Qvevri-made whisky by Alexander Distillery
Whisky is a strong alcoholic beverage, an aromatic drink, which is made from fermented grain mash in oak barrels.
Virtual tour to snowy Georgia by Shermazana
Georgia is distinguished by its unique nature. Georgia boasts its Mountains, lakes, rivers and a sea, forests and resort towns, all found in a single country.
History of the Georgian resort town Borjomi
Borjomi is a resort town located in the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti, Georgia.
CNN about abandoned Tskaltubo Spa
CNN has recently published an article about the abandoned sanatoriums of Tskaltubo, a town in the west part of Georgia.
4 Estonians and a Lithuanian who farm tea in Georgia
What comes to your mind when you hear Georgia? Lots of things: wine first of all, cuisine, nature and mountains covered with snow all year, tourism, but what about tea?
Georgia celebrates National Flag Day
Today on the 14th of January Georgia celebrates National Flag Day.
Imeretian vine species: Black Acorn
Georgia boasts more than 500 varieties of indigenous grapes, some of them are not found anywhere in the world.
The New York Times advices Americans to visit Batumi in 2019
“Tbilisi, Georgia’s charming capital, has been flooded with tourists over the past decade”
Georgian mountain town Mestia on the travel hotlist
The daily newspaper Daily Express in the United Kingdom has recently published an article about the top up-and-coming travel destinations for this year.
Washington Post about Georgian wine on Mars and Chakrulo
Washington Post has recently published an article about the IX Millennium project and the Georgian team experimenting on grape varieties and Mars-like soil.
Tbilisi covered with fireworks on the New Year’s Eve
Old Tbilisi was entirely covered with fireworks on the New Year’s Eve in Georgia.
Alilo – Christmas tradition in Georgia
Alilo is a traditional Georgian Christmas song performed the night before Christmas.
Georgian wines to taste for Christmas and New Year
Georgia is the country where the earliest evidence of grape wine-making was found.
8 Georgian buildings nominated at the Mies van der Rohe Award
8 Georgian buildings have been nominated at the European Union Prize of Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2019.
Georgian wine wins gold medals in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Georgian wines have recently received gold medals at the International Wine Tasting Competition “Vine East”.
Founder of brandy tradition in Georgia – David Sarajishvili
Wine making has long tradition in Georgia. It has been made for centuries in this country and scientists sometimes call Georgia a cradle of wine.
“Mekvleoba” and “Bedoba” – New Year traditions in Georgia
New Year is one of the main celebrations in the wintertime.
Wintertime paintings by Georgian artists
The wintertime is always associated with snow, Christmas and New Year.
Festive decorations in different parts of Georgia
Georgia gets ready for Christmas and New Year.
GEL Exchange Rate