Ioseb (Soso) NADIRADZE lives in Tbilisi, the capital of GEORGIA.
Soso is a professional artist with Master's Degree from prestigious Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts. Besides the painting, he works as art designer at Georgian Film – a movie company highly famed for its delicate artistic and philosophical concept (remenber remember films of Iosseliani?)
Some critics note that works of Nadiradze are somewhat reminiscent of Mark Chagall. Although Soso considers it as a pleasing compliment, loves Chagall and deems him as very dear spiritual friend, he does not really find much "similarity" besides the broad parallels in general attitude to life.
Instead, Soso feels that his own artistic roots derived mainly from the frescos of the ancient Georgian churches (as official religion, Christianity was adopted there as early as in 4th century, and cathedrals were decorated by Georgian native – not Byzantine – painters); almost as his own "genetic memory," he undergoes the poetic and philosophical inspirations of Shota Rustaveli, the greatest Georgian intellectual of 12th century; Soso believes it is Pirosmani (1862-1918) who has enabled him to apprehend that reality is actually not as apparent as it seems to appear...
Some of his oils appear like ancient frescos, but feel absolutely contemporary. Some, on first glance, "abstracts" surprisingly turn into totally realistic Nudes. Viewers are puzzled: is there an intriguing love story behind the Cow pregnant with a Fish, or maybe better to apply here the Biblical interpretations based on symbols of early Christianity?
To note, his canvases seem to be alive indeed...
Ioseb (Soso) Nadiradze's paintings are in private collections across the Europe. After shows in Italy, Germany and Turkey, now for the first time his work can be seen in North America.
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Exhibition will be accompanied by music from just released CD "Songs of Georgia" of trio ZARI ("bell"). What they do is very authentic, highly professional, just beautiful.
In Georgian folk and church music the practice of polyphony (multi-voice harmony) dates back to the 7th century AD, three centuries before it appeared in Western Europe – the polyphonic singing simply stopped at Georgia's borders. An explanation has eluded musicologists for generations and remains a mystery to this day... We hope you'll enjoy the real polyphony of trio ZARI.
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