I distinctly remember the first time I met Matiko. It was through a friend, and it was at Matiko’s home. After greetings, she sweetly apologized for her kitchen, which she deemed her studio workspace. I was immediately entranced with this woman and her work. The various color combinations in her paintings are alive with emotion. The scenes are unique and very romantic, almost as though seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. There is a certain intimacy that can be found in her paintings, that I almost feel like an intruder watching the development of a romantic affair. One of the many things I really adore in her work, is the notable european flair. One can see these influences in the various location settings found throughout her artwork.
Matiko Mamaladze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, to an artistic family. Both her mother and grandfather were painters who inspired and encouraged her to pursue art. “Different things inspire me, – people, nature, my mood or simple everyday events” explains Matiko in her website. When painting, she builds an emotionally charged and deeply meaningful scene which is visible throughout her work.
Matiko describes herself as a storyteller because many of her paintings are done in series. For example, if one was to look at certain artwork in order, they would notice that the subjects grow in their love for each other with each new painting. Matiko explains that each painting is very personal. Each moment is a small part of her personal life story. A memory of some sort. She is influenced by everyday life and portrays that in her compositions.