Ketevan Maghalashvili

1894-1973 / painter

Ketevan learnt to draw in her childhood, which she spent in Tbilisi then in Moscow. After the 1917 revolution, she returned to Tbilisi and started working at the newly founded National Gallery. Its director, Dimitri Shevardnadze, played a key role in Ketevan's development as a painter.

In 1923 she joined a group of Georgian artists living in Paris and refined her craft at the Académie Colarossi. In 1926-37 she lived in Tbilisi, working as a restorer.

She did her most famous work painting portraits of outstanding Georgian public figures and artists, which occupy a unique place in Georgian painting. Ketevan is considered one of the first Georgian female portrait artists.