The Romantic Storyteller

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Witnessed by Sunflowers by Matiko Mamaladze

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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“I want my paintings to be like dreams, where everything starts with abstract shapes. Where nothing is real and concrete and just like in real life, you don’t know where it will take you. Sometimes, you watch something but can’t really see it. then you focus on it and the essence starts to appear and you begin to concentrate on it. Just like life is full of surprises and taking us to unexpected places, that is my relationship with the canvas. i completely lose myself in the moment, and the process of creation is very meditative for me. When I’m back to reality and I see the result, I start refining it. Art is a source of my dreams and their realization.” – Matiko Mamaladze (Delco News 2014)

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“Painting is my passion, escape, amusement. When I’m tired, I play the piano or guitar and sing along. Music makes new feelings accumulate, providing me with “raw material” for future objects. Stopping painting for an extended period of time is out of question- I simply lose the connection with myself. That’s why having a supportive and understanding family is so important to me” -Matiko Mamaladze (matiko.us)

IMG_2116 copy This summer, I was able to catch Matiko and her work at the Manayunk Art Festival, where she showcases her work. I really like these trinkets she made with her husband’s help!

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Matiko is a an award winning artist- her paintings can be found in private collections across the U.S. and Europe. For more information please visit her website or facebook!

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