Meir Pichhadze

Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing original paintings by Meir Pichhadze. 

Please call (917) 749-4577 or email us at info@beloosesky.com

 

Meir Pichhadze was an Israeli artist and painter born in Georgia, Russia in 1955.

 

Pichhadze began studying art as a child with the sculptor Razu Ramishvili. He immigrated to Israel in 1973 with his family. In the late 1970s he began forming his unique style of painting, which was influenced by Georgian painter Nico Pirosmani and other great Russian painters.

 

He studied at the Art School in Tel Aviv from 1982 - 1983. In 1983, Meir Pichhadze began studying at the Kalisher College of Art. His first exhibition was at the school's newly opened gallery. He was known for his unusual style, most notably for painting on a black canvas instead of the traditional white canvas. He is known to have said that he expresses himself better in art than in words due to a stammer he suffered from as a child. He once noted, "With me, style is sometimes lack of style."

 

During the late 1980s  his work was primarily influenced by post-modern artists such as David Sela. Meir Pichhadze works were shown in the leading Israeli galleries during this time. Pichhadze was an unusual figure in the Israeli art world, which was manifested in his habit of painting on black canvas instead of the traditional white. "I prefer to start painting by covering the canvas in black, like an existential bedding and then illuminate it," he once said.

 

In 1982 he won the America - Israel Cultural Foundations Sharett Prize. In 1988 he won the Minister of Education Prize for a Young Artists and then the Minister of Education Prize in 1989. In 1990 he won First Prize in the Biennalle of Ankara. In 2004 he painted portraits on the facade of the Tel Aviv City Hall.

 

In the past few decades he emerged as one the most prominent and leading Israeli painters in the country.

 

Pichhadze died after a six-month battle with cancer in Tel Aviv in 2010.