"Relics of mine:
icons, family photoes, knuchlebones, slings, horse-shoes, ladies'
hats and fans, ancient daggers and sabres... I had been collecting
them all my life using them in collages and pop art works, drawing
them, never tired of admiring and cherishing them; it seems, the
feeling was mutual and they responded with the same kind of
attitude, giving me the impitus and inspiration in creative work.
Items of Georgian life and everyday existence had always beeb-and
shall remain forever-the inseparable issues of my life and
Vladimir Kandelaki was born in Tbilisi in 1943.
He is an outstanding
representative of the generation of Georgian painters from the
1970s. His development as a nonconformist artist began in that
period, but he never blindly followed the forms and stereotypes of
the European avant-garde. Kandelaki's bright analytical but his
ideas are always multi-faceted and easy to understand and grasp.
The deeper layers of his art are the repository of his soul.
From 1969 to 1990 Vladimir
Kandelaki was a member of the USSR Artists' Union. In 1990 he was
awarded the title of Honoured Artist of mind has always managed to
mingle traditional Georgian intonations with a variety of new
trends and directions, always in a natural way. His conceptualism
is a complex phenomenon Georgia. In 1993 he became a member of the
UNESCO International Federation of Artists. In 1999 Vladimir
Kandelaki became Honoured Professor of The Tbilisi Academy of Fine