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Rusudan Petviashvili, 1968

Rusudan Petviashvili started to paint when she was one year and ten months old. The first personal exhibition was held when she became 6.
Up to the hundred of her graphic and colour pictures were exhibited: the large-formatted, highly complicated one-touch drawings, mostly.
Scholars, as well as the wide society, were bewildered to see an amazing skill of the child. In the age of 8, Petviashvili held two personal exhibitions in Moscow.

Three years late, another exhibition took place again in Moscow, then in Tbilisi. 13-year-old Rusudan exhibited her works in different towns of France and, finally, in Paris. In St. Yorre, an extraordinary press conference was held to explore the phenomenon called the paintings of Rusudan Petviashvili.
The following years, the exhibitions were held in Wien, Budapest, Madrid, London, again Moscow and Tbilisi as well as, in the recent years, in France and USA.
Books were published with Rusudan’s illustrations.
Among them are the joint-stock issues of Moscow and Paris: "The Knight in the Panther’s Skin" and "National Fairy Tales of Georgia".
Petviashvili is listed in "2000 Famous Persons of XX Century", the book published by the Cambridge Biographical Centre.
Rusudan participates in painting of the miniatures for the Gospel, which is ahead for the Cathedral of St. Trinity under the benediction of his Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia.

Awards and Prizes
  • 1975 - Gold medal and the first-degree diploma at the 8th Republican Youth Olympiad of Arts.
  • 1981 - Gold medal and the first-degree diploma at the 10th Republican Youth Olympiad of Arts.
  • 1983 - Gold medal and the first-degree diploma at the 11th Republican Youth Olympiad of Arts.
  • 1985 - Winner of the Young Communist League Award for illustrations of the books The Knight in the Panther's Skin by Shota Rustaveli and The Georgian Folk Tales.
  • 2005 - International award Ambassador of Good Will.
  • 2008 - Order of Honor of the Georgian Republic.
  • 2011 - Presidential Order Shine.

Rusudan Petviashvili è una pittrice e disegnatrice Georgiana che si ispira alla mitologia e all'immaginario avvalendosi di una tecnica insolita. 
Rusudan Petviashvili è nata a Tbilisi il 25 gennaio 1968. Ha iniziato a dipingere ad un anno e mezzo ed a sei anni espone per la prima volta oltre cento opere grafiche e a colori: la maggior parte grandi, complicati disegni.
A otto anni Rusudan Petviashvili ha tenuto due personali a Mosca. Tre anni dopo un'altra mostra a Mosca e poi a Tbilisi. A tredici anni aveva già presentato i suoi lavori in molte città della Francia, compresa Parigi.
Negli anni successivi espone a Vienna, Budapest, Madrid, Londra, di nuovo a Mosca e Tbilisi come pure, in anni più recenti, in Francia e negli Stati Uniti.
Sono stati pubblicati libri con le illustrazioni di Rusudan e tra essi anche due coproduzioni russo-francesi: “Il cavaliere nella pelle di tigre” e “Fiabe popolari della Georgia”.
Rusudan Petviashvili è inserita nella lista delle “2000 persone famose del XX secolo”, pubblicata dal Cambridge Biographical Centre. L'artista ha gallerie a Tbilisi e Batumi.