1955, Kutaisi, Georgia – 2010 Tel Aviv, Israel
Meir Pichhadze was born in 1955 in Kutaisi, Georgia where he began studying art as a child with the famed Georgian sculptor Razu Ramishvili. He moved with his family to Israel in 1973. There, his work revealed influences of the primitive stylings of Georgian painter Niko Pirosmanashvili.
In 1983, Pichhadze began studying at the Kalisher College of Art in Tel Aviv. His first exhibition was at the school’s newly opened gallery. During the late 1980s his work was primarily influenced by post-modern artists such as David Sela. Pichhadze produced paintings, figurative and abstract, with geometric and organic forms, which are invariably finished in “industrial” technique and color. He was known for his unusual style, most notably for painting on a black canvas instead of the traditional white canvas.
Pichhadze held many solo-exhibitions in Israel and participated in many more group exhibitions worldwide. In 1990 he won the first prize at the Biennale in Ankara, Turkey. In 2003 He held a solo-exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum.
In 2010 Pichhadze lost his six-month battle with cancer at the age of 54.