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Extravagant Georgian artist Avto Varazi’s 90th anniversary
25 October, 2016
Today, on October 25, 90 years ago, an iconic and increasingly progressive Georgian artist Avto Varazi was born. The honorable artist passed away at a young age. He was 51 years old. However he left priceless heritage in the form of his unique and modern artworks. Varazi occupies a special place in Georgian art of the 20th century. He applied various painting systems and techniques with equal success. Varazi was the first among Georgian artists to use the technique of collage. It is noteworthy that religious motifs were also often represented in Varazi’s works, which was quite unusual for a painter of the Soviet period.He combined oil, plaster and various materials for his many paintings. One of the perfect examples is his artwork named Fish that was presented at Sotheby’s auction and evaluated between 12,569 and 18,854 EUR by the experts.The painting is dated 1976 on the reverse and is included in the list of 209 works entitled Contemporary East.The fact that Varazi’s painting has been on display at Sotheby’s and his works are spread among world museums is yet another proof that Georgian artist is internationally recognized.  Besides, Varazi is notable for playing famous Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani in a Georgian movie named Pirosmani. “A painting should talk to you and breathe. Although it always ends up hanging on the wall, the artist must not forget a piece of his life is hanging on the same nail”, - Avto Varazi used to say. His paintings are scattered in museums around the world. In Georgia, they are kept in the Georgian National Museum and Fine Art Museums of Kutaisi, Tsageri, Ambrolauri and Senaki. Avto Varazi's paintings are preserved in many places around the world, but the locations of some of his works are still unknown. "Bulls head" by Varazi made using man’s trousers is kept at MoMa, The Museum of Modern Art in NCY. Also, another work, also named "Bulls head" representing a lambs head is displayed in the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The other "Bulls head" remains with Alexander Glezer in Paris while "The Octopus" is in George Costaki’s private collection in Greece.

Fish


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