Levan Lagidze is one of Georgia's most significant living artists. Widely exhibited internationally, Lagidze’s abstracted and philosophical works are collected by leading museums worldwide, including The Tretyakov Gallery and Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, the National Picture Gallery in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Zimmerli Museum in the U.S.
Born in 1958 in Tbilisi, Georgia (then part of the Soviet Union), Lagidze graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1981. He founded and led an artist’s studio at the Tbilisi Artists’ House in 1983 and served as Chairman of Georgia´s Young Artists’ Union from 1986 to 1989. In the early 1990s he supported struggling Georgian artists in the economically turbulent and violent decade following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In the calmer times of 2011, he founded the Lagidze gallery in Tbilisi to showcase his own works.