Georgian Orthodox Iconography

Guram & Alexander Mgebrishvili

Contemporary Georgian orthodox iconography

Guram Mgebrishvili

~ Artist, Iconographer, Silversmith ~

        Renowned Georgian artist Mr Guram Mgebrishvili was born in Georgia, Adigeni region, village Ude on January 9, 1949. He graduated from Tbilisi State Art Academy in 1973. From 1973 G. Mgebrishvili worked as a stage artist at Rustavi State Theatre. He held several personal exhibitions and participated in different international as well as domestic art galleries, exhibitions and various cultural events. G. Mgebrishvili is a stage designer of 24 performances in different theatres of Georgia. He also served as an art designer and decorated several pavilions in Georgian TV. Many of his oil paintings are preserved in museums and private collections in different countries. G. Mgebrishvili is a member of Chamber of Georgian Artists. From 2002 he was elected as a head of Rustavi City Union of Artists. He was awarded the Order of Merit by the President of Georgia and received prizes for his distinguished service and contributions to society. G. Mgebrishvili is an experienced master of repoussé and chasing. His works are primarily kept in churches and cathedrals. Most famous among them is a revetment (riza) of the Mother of God in Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral. G. Mgebrishvili with his son Alexander and partners have completed wall paintings of 16 churches in different cities of Georgia. As an iconographer, Guram Mgebrishvili with his son Alexander created hundreds of icons for churches, monasteries and individuals.
        G. Mgebrishvili is married and has 4 children. Place of residence: Rustavi City, Georgia. Phone: +995 555 62 30 88
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Guram Mgebrishvili

Alexi Mgebrishvili

~ Artist, Iconographer ~

Address: Rustavi City. M/R 19, 4-77
Phone: +(995) 599 905 912
Date of birth – 15.5.1977
Education: 1996-2002 – Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Magister of art
(Field painting, Graphics arts, Monumental painting, Icon painting)

Group exhibition:
2000 – Tbilisi, Georgia - The International exhibition “Caucasus Links”
2001 – Illustrations for the book “Whenever Georgians will reach”
2002 - Tbilisi, Georgia – The memorial exhibition dedicated to September 11. Tbilisi Central Gallery
2003 – International Exhibition – Fair “Caucasus 2003”
2005 - Tbilisi, Georgia – Gallery HOBBBY
2011,2011,2012 – Rustavi, Georgia
2013 – Rustavi, Georgia “Stage dust”
2013 – Telavi, Georgia
2014,2015,2016,2017 – Rustavi, Georgia

Completed frescoes for 12 different churches in Georgia
His works are preserved in churches, monasteries and private collections.
Famous paintings:
“Moon light” / 85x85/ 2017 – mixed media
“District” / 42x30/ 2017 – mixed media
“Sails” / 43x40/ 2017 – mixed media

Alexi with his father Guram

Orthodox icons & frescoes


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Georgia is the country of remarkable history and culture. The country is at the crossroads of Europe and Asia though Georgian culture has preserved its traditions and original style. Christianity was introduces in Georgia in the 1st century. According to tradition, holy Apostles Andrew, Matthias and Simon the Zealot (Canaanite) taught the Gospel in Georgia in 1st century. Officially, Chritianity was declated as a state religion by King Mirian in 337. From the 11th to the 13th century, Georgia experienced its “Golden Age of cultural, political and military ascendancy”. The reign of Queen Tamar represented the peak of Georgia's might in the whole history of the nation. Georgian murals, icons and closonné enamel artworks are preserved in churches, monasteries and various museums and regarded by experts as a unique and highly impressive masterpieces.

Georgian art has evolved for millennia. The unique geographical location of Georgia has brought travelers, merchants, missionaries and conquerors of all kinds and creeds, and defined the country's cultural and artistic environment throughout its history. Georgian art tradition has thus experienced influences from Roman, Byzantine and oriental art throughout antiquity. It has further grown within the framework of Christian ecclesiastical and middle-eastern art of the Middle Ages, and ultimately it has evolved in the context of European art from the 19th century onwards.

Modern Georgian iconography is characterized by the revival of clasical traditions.