I started working on dolls by accident. Because I wanted to have a unique Christmas tree, I decided to make my own decorations but instead, I ended up making dolls. First I made clowns, later ladies, hunters, donkeys, jokers, a queen and a king and rest of the palace inhabitants a prince and a princess, a chef and other servants.
I also made contemporary characters of Tbilisi and a final character – a drunken poet, who is dreaming about it all. These dolls are very small and they live on a two-story shelf.
My paintings were able to save the trees that I had painted.
Unfortunately, the government did not protect the forest and sold it in plots for development. I was standing there painting trees, while the forest around me was destroyed.
In 2002 and 2003 I had two exhibitions with a cause – Save Dighomi Forest. As a result, they stopped the construction and took down everything that had already been built. My civic activism was very unexpected - I used to go to the forest to paint not knowing that those very paintings would became the way for me to protect that forest.
I am still very grateful for my first painting teacher Guguli Kurdiani.
In 1983-1987 I went to I.Nikoladze Art School
In 1098-1994 I went to Tbilisi State Academy, department of painting.
I was very lucky to have Ira Beghanishvili and Zurab Nizharadze as teachers.
After graduating I created my own art studio for children and worked there from 1994 to 2010.
I could have never imagined that working with children can be so productive, not only for children but for artist as well because children’s work is a great source of inspiration