Marina Eliozishvili - artist


About me in short (family, life, creativity)


I was born in Tbilisi in the family, for which the most important were the spiritual values, humanism, and kindness. The parents were people of science and art: mother - Cecilia Kalandadze, professor, historian, worked in the field of cultural relations; father - Vakhtang Eliozishvili-Eristavi, doctor, gifted amateur artist, memoirist, a descendant of the ancient family of the princes Eristavi of Mejvriskhevi. Since my childhood, I watched with interest as he drew. I grew up in a house with a lot of pictures, books, old photographs, and family heirlooms. This atmosphere added to the formation of my taste and aesthetic perception. From my early years, I began to paint portraits and compositions with enthusiasm. The first picture that was painted when I was three years old - was a portrait of my nanny. By nature, dreamy and impressive I read a lot and did not doubt that I would become an artist. During my school period, I studied drawing at prominent Georgian artist Sergo Kobuladze. After graduating from high school in the same year I entered the Tbilisi Academy of Arts, the department of graphics. After graduating from the Academy of Arts in 1974 I continued to be engaged in a workshop of  S. Kobuladze. 

I work in painting and drawing. I am interested to work in different genres - portrait, still life, abstraction, figurative composition, and in different techniques: oil, gouache, watercolor, pastel, and pencil. From 1977 to 1978 I worked at the Academy of Arts. Since 1986 I have been a member of the Union of Artists. From 1978 to the present day I have been teaching art at Tbilisi State University. My husband Vladimer Asatiani is a well-known painter, aesthetician, Ph.d., he also is teaching art at Tbilisi State University. 

I often participate in art exhibitions both in Georgia and abroad. Periodically I have personal exhibitions.   I am not often satisfied with the achieved results, always strive for novelty.  

In addition to my specialty, I have hobbies - I make a brief biography of my ancestors. In 2010, due to the 100 years anniversary of my father, I prepared a project-exhibition - "Cultural Heritage of One family," which the National Museum of Georgia introduced in the Tbilisi History Museum.

As for the descendants of our family, which, as noted above, is close to the art and the humanities: my daughter - Nino Tsereteli by specialty is an art critic, from her childhood she was the "muse" of many of my artworks - portraits and thematic compositions. At present, she works in the sphere of finances by her second specialty. Grandchildren - Ani and Nick also study business. Who knows, maybe eventually the fate will link them to the art. 

For many years, since the founding, I am a member of the “Tbilisi” club of international women's organization Soroptimist International, which was, founded in 1921 in the United States. Members of these organizations are fighting for human and women rights worldwide. In 2008-2010, I was the president of the club, at this time I am the coordinator of the culture.  The club made several charity projects and cultural events in Georgia. In 1997, I participated in the international exhibition of the Soroptimist artists, which was hold in the St. Georges museum, Liege (Belgium).

As for my plans for the future, as far as possible, I want to concentrate on my creative work and devote more time to the painting. I have plans to develop the characteristic features of my artistic style, consisting of a combination: drawing elegance and sonorous color patches; smooth tonal transitions, and expressive clear lines. I want to continue to work on live nature, still life, composition – the figurative ones and abstraction.