Painter, graphical artist Dimitri Eristavi passes away at 90

Works by Eristavi were part of exhibitions in Georgia and abroad, with some of his works preserved at Tbilisi venues including the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi., 06 Aug 2021 - 18:04, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian culture and academic institutions on Thursday paid tribute to painter and graphical artist Dimitri Eristavi, who died aged 90, leaving behind a legacy of work in illustration.

The culture ministry, Georgian Museum of Fine Arts and Tbilisi State Academy of Arts all released their homage to the artist who created illustrations for print publications and cinema posters while also working as a teacher at the latter.

Producing illustrated works for around 100 books and magazines, Eristavi also authored posters for iconic Georgian cinema works including the 1983 Blue Mountains by Eldar Shengelaia, 1966 Falling Leaves by Otar Iosseliani and 1958 Children of Others by Tengiz Abuladze.

Recipient of prizes including Soviet-era state awards and Georgia's Shota Rustaveli Prize and the Order of Brilliance, the artist worked as staging designer at the Georgian Film studio that produced many of Soviet-era classics.

Eristavi also taught graphical art at the State Academy of Arts and was a member of the Union of Georgian Painters and the Creative Union of Georgian Cinematographers.