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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

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

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

Our Father

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

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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