About the Artist

Awards & Honors














"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 creative work"...

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 Arts.