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Levan Chaganava

Levan Chaganava

Levan Chaganava

Tbilisi, Georgia

Calligrapher, miniaturist, icon painter, font designer, graphic and web designer, Chairman of the Painter-Calligrapher's Union of Georgia

Biography

He was born on December 26, 1966 in Tbilisi (Georgia).

Throughout 1990 and 1991 he worked for the Georgian Patriarchate on a handwritten book of Gospels presently kept in the St. Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi.

In the meantime he created several handwritten books and started to promote the calligraphic works with capital letters and ornamentation in accordance with the methods of the traditional ancient school of Georgian book art.

Since 2000 aiming at popularization of calligraphy and book art he has created and promoted hybrid works combining the original handwriting and computer graphics in the form of ornamentation décor. Due to his efforts the forgotten art of calligraphy is again recognizable by many people in Georgia. Moreover, bookstore sales statistics show the calligraphy is gaining popularity in the country.

Since 2009 he has received numerous extraordinary commissions to create calligraphy artworks as well as expensive handwritten books which has encouraged the approaching renaissance of calligraphy in Georgia.

Since 2010 he has been the Founder and Chairman of the Painter-Calligrapher's Union of Georgia.

Author works

The Troparion of St. King David the Builder

Paper, tempera, brush, ink, pen, nib, 13.5x29.7 cm, 2010

The Troparion of St. Queen Tamara

Paper, tempera, brush, ink, pen, nib, 13.5x29.7 cm, 2010

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Ioane Shavteli — "Abdulmesiani"

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1991 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters and ornamental decor. 108 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding with gilded metal decor on front. Size: 16.5X17cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Singing verses to St. Tamar, queen of Georgia and her husband - David Soslan is written in 13th century by Ioane Shavteli. The ode has been devoted to a victory of the Georgian army in the fight at Basiani valley. With the queen Tamar's tireless praying to god, and under the strategy of David Soslan, Georgians fought for freedom and for the belief — christianity, and have gained an amazing victory over a huge army of the enemy. With love to St. Queen Tamar, Georgian poets, writers and simple people had created many songs, chants and singing verses.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Ioane Shavteli — "Abdulmesiani"

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1991 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters and ornamental decor. 108 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding with gilded metal decor on front. Size: 16.5X17cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Singing verses to St. Tamar, queen of Georgia and her husband - David Soslan is written in 13th century by Ioane Shavteli. The ode has been devoted to a victory of the Georgian army in the fight at Basiani valley. With the queen Tamar's tireless praying to god, and under the strategy of David Soslan, Georgians fought for freedom and for the belief — christianity, and have gained an amazing victory over a huge army of the enemy. With love to St. Queen Tamar, Georgian poets, writers and simple people had created many songs, chants and singing verses.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Ioane Shavteli — "Abdulmesiani"

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1991 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters and ornamental decor. 108 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding with gilded metal decor on front. Size: 16.5X17cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Singing verses to St. Tamar, queen of Georgia and her husband - David Soslan is written in 13th century by Ioane Shavteli. The ode has been devoted to a victory of the Georgian army in the fight at Basiani valley. With the queen Tamar's tireless praying to god, and under the strategy of David Soslan, Georgians fought for freedom and for the belief — christianity, and have gained an amazing victory over a huge army of the enemy. With love to St. Queen Tamar, Georgian poets, writers and simple people had created many songs, chants and singing verses.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Ioane Shavteli — "Abdulmesiani"

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1991 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters and ornamental decor. 108 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding with gilded metal decor on front. Size: 16.5X17cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Singing verses to St. Tamar, queen of Georgia and her husband - David Soslan is written in 13th century by Ioane Shavteli. The ode has been devoted to a victory of the Georgian army in the fight at Basiani valley. With the queen Tamar's tireless praying to god, and under the strategy of David Soslan, Georgians fought for freedom and for the belief — christianity, and have gained an amazing victory over a huge army of the enemy. With love to St. Queen Tamar, Georgian poets, writers and simple people had created many songs, chants and singing verses.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Orthodox Prayers

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1991 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters and ornamental decor. 64 pages. Leather bookbinding. Size: 10X14cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Collected daily, morning and night prayers: The Lord's Prayer, The Thrice-Holy, Prayers to the Mother of God, Prayers to the Guardian Angel.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Orthodox Prayers

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1991 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters and ornamental decor. 64 pages. Leather bookbinding. Size: 10X14cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Collected daily, morning and night prayers: The Lord's Prayer, The Thrice-Holy, Prayers to the Mother of God, Prayers to the Guardian Angel.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Orthodox Prayers

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1991 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters and ornamental decor. 64 pages. Leather bookbinding. Size: 10X14cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Collected daily, morning and night prayers: The Lord's Prayer, The Thrice-Holy, Prayers to the Mother of God, Prayers to the Guardian Angel.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Orthodox Prayers

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1991 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters and ornamental decor. 64 pages. Leather bookbinding. Size: 10X14cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Collected daily, morning and night prayers: The Lord's Prayer, The Thrice-Holy, Prayers to the Mother of God, Prayers to the Guardian Angel.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Nine Kola Martyrs

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1990 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting, with heading letters, ornaments and 3 miniatures. 20 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding. Size: 15x21cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Preserved only one — 10th century manuscript on Mount Athos. Full title of story by anonym: "Martyrdom of the Holy Children, nine in number, who were spiritual brothers by baptism at the Sacred Font, but were born each of a different mother". The touching story of the nine infant martyrs of Kola illustrates the conflict between the Christian message and the faiths of pre-Christian Georgia (Before 4th century). There is no reason to question the authenticity of the tale, which is based on the local traditions of Kola, a locality in south-western Georgia existing to the present day.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Nine Kola Martyrs

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1990 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting, with heading letters, ornaments and 3 miniatures. 20 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding. Size: 15x21cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Preserved only one — 10th century manuscript on Mount Athos. Full title of story by anonym: "Martyrdom of the Holy Children, nine in number, who were spiritual brothers by baptism at the Sacred Font, but were born each of a different mother". The touching story of the nine infant martyrs of Kola illustrates the conflict between the Christian message and the faiths of pre-Christian Georgia (Before 4th century). There is no reason to question the authenticity of the tale, which is based on the local traditions of Kola, a locality in south-western Georgia existing to the present day.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Nine Kola Martyrs

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1990 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting, with heading letters, ornaments and 3 miniatures. 20 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding. Size: 15x21cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Preserved only one — 10th century manuscript on Mount Athos. Full title of story by anonym: "Martyrdom of the Holy Children, nine in number, who were spiritual brothers by baptism at the Sacred Font, but were born each of a different mother". The touching story of the nine infant martyrs of Kola illustrates the conflict between the Christian message and the faiths of pre-Christian Georgia (Before 4th century). There is no reason to question the authenticity of the tale, which is based on the local traditions of Kola, a locality in south-western Georgia existing to the present day.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Nine Kola Martyrs

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 1990 by Levan Chaganava. Georgian handwriting, with heading letters, ornaments and 3 miniatures. 20 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding. Size: 15x21cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Preserved only one — 10th century manuscript on Mount Athos. Full title of story by anonym: "Martyrdom of the Holy Children, nine in number, who were spiritual brothers by baptism at the Sacred Font, but were born each of a different mother". The touching story of the nine infant martyrs of Kola illustrates the conflict between the Christian message and the faiths of pre-Christian Georgia (Before 4th century). There is no reason to question the authenticity of the tale, which is based on the local traditions of Kola, a locality in south-western Georgia existing to the present day.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Nine Kola Martyrs

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 2009 by Levan Chaganava and Lasha Kintsurashvili (illustrator). Georgian handwriting with heading letters, ornaments and 3 miniatures. 16 pages. Size: 15X21cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Preserved only one — 10th century manuscript on Mount Athos. Full title of story by anonym: "Martyrdom of the Holy Children, nine in number, who were spiritual brothers by baptism at the Sacred Font, but were born each of a different mother". The touching story of the nine infant martyrs of Kola illustrates the conflict between the Christian message and the faiths of pre-Christian Georgia (Before 4th century). There is no reason to question the authenticity of the tale, which is based on the local traditions of Kola, a locality in south-western Georgia existing to the present day.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Nine Kola Martyrs

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 2009 by Levan Chaganava and Lasha Kintsurashvili (illustrator). Georgian handwriting with heading letters, ornaments and 3 miniatures. 16 pages. Size: 15X21cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Preserved only one — 10th century manuscript on Mount Athos. Full title of story by anonym: "Martyrdom of the Holy Children, nine in number, who were spiritual brothers by baptism at the Sacred Font, but were born each of a different mother". The touching story of the nine infant martyrs of Kola illustrates the conflict between the Christian message and the faiths of pre-Christian Georgia (Before 4th century). There is no reason to question the authenticity of the tale, which is based on the local traditions of Kola, a locality in south-western Georgia existing to the present day.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Nine Kola Martyrs

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 2009 by Levan Chaganava and Lasha Kintsurashvili (illustrator). Georgian handwriting with heading letters, ornaments and 3 miniatures. 16 pages. Size: 15X21cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Preserved only one — 10th century manuscript on Mount Athos. Full title of story by anonym: "Martyrdom of the Holy Children, nine in number, who were spiritual brothers by baptism at the Sacred Font, but were born each of a different mother". The touching story of the nine infant martyrs of Kola illustrates the conflict between the Christian message and the faiths of pre-Christian Georgia (Before 4th century). There is no reason to question the authenticity of the tale, which is based on the local traditions of Kola, a locality in south-western Georgia existing to the present day.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Nine Kola Martyrs

Calligraphic manuscript book is made in 2009 by Levan Chaganava and Lasha Kintsurashvili (illustrator). Georgian handwriting with heading letters, ornaments and 3 miniatures. 16 pages. Size: 15X21cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Preserved only one — 10th century manuscript on Mount Athos. Full title of story by anonym: "Martyrdom of the Holy Children, nine in number, who were spiritual brothers by baptism at the Sacred Font, but were born each of a different mother". The touching story of the nine infant martyrs of Kola illustrates the conflict between the Christian message and the faiths of pre-Christian Georgia (Before 4th century). There is no reason to question the authenticity of the tale, which is based on the local traditions of Kola, a locality in south-western Georgia existing to the present day.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Vazha-Pshavela — "Host and Guest"

Calligraphic Manuscript Book is made in 2009 by Levan Chaganava, with the assistance of Ketevan Gavazauri. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters, ornamental decor and 7 miniatures. 32 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding. Size: 21X29cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Vazha-Pshavela is the pen-name of the great Georgian poet and writer Luka P. Razikashvili, a classic of the new Georgian literature. Vazha-Pshavela was author of many world-class literary works (Poems: "Host and Guest", "Aluda Ketelauri", "Bakhtrioni", "Gogotur and Apshina", "Snake eater", "Eteri", "Mindia", etc.). Poems and narrative stories of Vazha-Pshavela are published in more than 20 languages.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Vazha-Pshavela — "Host and Guest"

Calligraphic Manuscript Book is made in 2009 by Levan Chaganava, with the assistance of Ketevan Gavazauri. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters, ornamental decor and 7 miniatures. 32 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding. Size: 21X29cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Vazha-Pshavela is the pen-name of the great Georgian poet and writer Luka P. Razikashvili, a classic of the new Georgian literature. Vazha-Pshavela was author of many world-class literary works (Poems: "Host and Guest", "Aluda Ketelauri", "Bakhtrioni", "Gogotur and Apshina", "Snake eater", "Eteri", "Mindia", etc.). Poems and narrative stories of Vazha-Pshavela are published in more than 20 languages.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Vazha-Pshavela — "Host and Guest"

Calligraphic Manuscript Book is made in 2009 by Levan Chaganava, with the assistance of Ketevan Gavazauri. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters, ornamental decor and 7 miniatures. 32 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding. Size: 21X29cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Vazha-Pshavela is the pen-name of the great Georgian poet and writer Luka P. Razikashvili, a classic of the new Georgian literature. Vazha-Pshavela was author of many world-class literary works (Poems: "Host and Guest", "Aluda Ketelauri", "Bakhtrioni", "Gogotur and Apshina", "Snake eater", "Eteri", "Mindia", etc.). Poems and narrative stories of Vazha-Pshavela are published in more than 20 languages.

Calligraphic Manuscript Book — Vazha-Pshavela — "Host and Guest"

Calligraphic Manuscript Book is made in 2009 by Levan Chaganava, with the assistance of Ketevan Gavazauri. Georgian handwriting with decorative heading letters, ornamental decor and 7 miniatures. 32 pages. Paraffin-processed paper. Leather bookbinding. Size: 21X29cm (pen, ink, paper, brush, tempera). Vazha-Pshavela is the pen-name of the great Georgian poet and writer Luka P. Razikashvili, a classic of the new Georgian literature. Vazha-Pshavela was author of many world-class literary works (Poems: "Host and Guest", "Aluda Ketelauri", "Bakhtrioni", "Gogotur and Apshina", "Snake eater", "Eteri", "Mindia", etc.). Poems and narrative stories of Vazha-Pshavela are published in more than 20 languages.

Our Father

Original handwriting (paper, pen, ink, 15x29 cm, 2002). Inkjet printing. Paraffin-processed paper. Handbinding.

Prayer of Mother

Original handwriting (paper, pen, ink, 15x29 cm, 2002). Inkjet printing. Paraffin-processed paper. Handbinding.

Ten commandments

Original handwriting (paper, pen, ink, 15x29 cm, 2002). Inkjet printing. Paraffin-processed paper. Handbinding.

Nine commandments of bless

Original handwriting (paper, pen, ink, 15x29 cm, 2002). Inkjet printing. Paraffin-processed paper. Handbinding.

Rustaveli The knight in the tiger skin

Original handwriting (paper, pen, ink, 15x21 cm, 2002) and graphic design by Levan Chaganava. Inkjet printing. Paraffin-processed paper. Handbinding. Cardboard background.

Rustaveli The knight in the tiger skin

Original handwriting (paper, pen, ink, 15x21 cm, 2002) and graphic design by Levan Chaganava. Inkjet printing. Paraffin-processed paper. Handbinding. Cardboard background.

Rustaveli The knight in the tiger skin

Original handwriting (paper, pen, ink, 15x21 cm, 2002) and graphic design by Levan Chaganava. Inkjet printing. Paraffin-processed paper. Handbinding. Cardboard background.

Rustaveli The knight in the tiger skin

Original handwriting (paper, pen, ink, 15x21 cm, 2002) and graphic design by Levan Chaganava. Inkjet printing. Paraffin-processed paper. Handbinding. Cardboard background.

Our Father

Paper, tempera, brush, ink, nib, 14x24.6 cm, 1994

The Troparion of the Holy Cross and the Prayer for the Homeland and People

Paper, tempera, calligraphic pen, 19x16 cm, 2010

I Believe. The basics for a calligraphic souvenir with computer graphics

Paper, pencil, ink, pen, nib, 14.5x29.7 cm, 2010

Avtandil's Prayer taken from the Poem by Shot Rustaveli – the Knight in Tiger's Skin

Paper, ink, pen, nib, 18.3x29.7 cm, 2010

Ode to the Patriarch. Sheet 1

Verse in the 18th century style written in capital letters: Christ, praise Elijah
Paper, tempera, ink, pen, nib, 16.4х29.7 cm (х3), 2010

Ode to the Patriarch. Sheet 2

Verse in the 18th century style written in capital letters: Christ, praise Elijah
Paper, tempera, ink, pen, nib, 16.4х29.7 cm (х3), 2010

Ode to the Patriarch. Sheet 3

Verse in the 18th century style written in capital letters: Christ, praise Elijah
Paper, tempera, ink, pen, nib, 16.4х29.7 cm (х3), 2010

The First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 13:7

Paper, tempera, calligraphic pen, ink, pen, nib, 17.8x22.2 cm, 2010
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