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Gocha Huskivadze: Expressions of passion

By Inese Timuka . 02.02.2010

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Just a quick glance at the art created by Gocha and it’s clear he loves colors. He’s fascinated by all possible shapes and enjoys his life in general as the energy flows out of him.

We invite you to discover the diverse world of his original artworks: sculptures, oil paintings and graphics using various techniques. If you happen to be in Riga, his gallery on narrow Laipu Street in the Old Town should not to be missed.

We invite you to discover the diverse world of his original artworks: sculptures, oil paintings and graphics using various techniques. If you happen to be in Riga, his gallery on narrow Laipu Street in the Old Town should not to be missed.

Gocha Huskivadze, or simply Gocha, is a Latvian sculptor of Georgian origin, although many people call him the most famous Georgian in Riga. He moved to Latvia when he was 19 with one simple desire – to enter the Latvian Academy of Arts.
In 2005, Gocha opened his own gallery on the tiny and cobbled Laipu Street in the Old Town. Simply called “artGocha“, this space hosts his own exhibitions and serves as his art studio. There new masterpieces are created on a daily basis.
On the shelves and on the floor at the studio are different sized bronze hippopotamuses, beetles, horses, colorful scenes of the Old Town, flying ballerinas and slender naked beauties.
What is attractive and appealing about Gocha's work is that it does, in fact, contain an idea. And the message behind these beautiful works and paintings makes them even more seductive, as it beckons you towards the work, to engage with it and consider these ideas.
The concept comes first, and then he creates the work accordingly. However, Gocha can't quite explain where the ideas comes from, but he says that he never runs out of them and even has an impressive collection of sketches for further creatures.

Where art is born

Gocha's work contains aspects of all kinds of styles, including conceptual and installation art, but doesn’t focus on maintaining formal principles. Taking the best of his two cultures, Georgian and Latvian, and inspiration from his soul, his works are full of energy and expression and cannot be placed in fixed frames.
Asked what his favorite genre was, he said that he’s been a sculptor since his early childhood and has been shaping various sculptures since then.

"I was born holding a pencil and plasticine in my hands," he says.
In general, sculpture is a very complicated and time-consuming genre, not to mention the fact that it’s very expensive. Asked about the journey from idea to completed statue, he says: "I start with the sketch, then make the sculpture out of clay or plasticine, and then at the workshop it is cast in bronze or another metal."
Gocha says that it is purely accidentally that his gallery is on Laipu Street, a street where so many artists have located their galleries. "Earlier there were a lot more, but today some are closed or have gone bankrupt.”
He added: “Still, if we take just this street you can see so many different styles, in contrast to Moscow, for instance, where the galleries are more-or-less the same. Here in Riga, we have a bigger freedom in creating art. Sculptors are working and experimenting by using many different techniques."
Gocha revealed that he prefers sculptures, and asked what his favorite material was he replied briefly: “Bronze, silver and gold.”

Art for the people

In many of Gocha’s works animals are featured heavily starting from his own self portraits as voluptuous sculptures of unicorns to tiny detailed horses. Interestingly, he says he has noticed that Germans and Latvians seem to enjoy installations the most. He says that he would like to do massive sculptures for the city and its inhabitants.
“I would like to see sculptures placed on the streets and in the parks. Art should become more easily accessible for people and sculptures should live their own lives.
However, the problem is a lack of money. Gocha says that the government and the municipality should take a greater role in art by ordering them from artists.
“Artists need money to mould sculptures,” he explains.
But he isn't about to stop work, he says. Many local businesspeople appreciate Gocha’s talents and ask him to create special pieces for their interiors and gardens.
“It’s easy to see the real intelligence of people in whether they place real art on their walls, or replicas, or even worse copies.”
At the end of our chat, Gocha’s friend, also an artist, says about the sculptor that "Gocha makes Riga's soul more vivid and bright." For those who want to take home memories of Riga, we recommend his colorful landscapes of the city’s towers. Asked if he likes Riga, he looked at us bit sorely and then said with smile: "It’s impossible not to love Riga. It’s the real gem of our country!"


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