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Arsen PochkhuaArsen Pochkhua was born in 1923 in Kutaisi.

In 1944-49 he studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire at the orchestra faculty, the viola class.

In 1944-1982 he worked at the Georgian Honoured State Sumphony Orchestra and was a viola and chamber class teacher at the Tbilisi lst musical school.

In 1946 Lado Gudiashvili, the Hero of Socialist Labour and the People’s Artist of the USSR got acquainted with A. Pochkhua’s graphical sketches and since the time he was A. Pochkhua’s superviser in fine arts for many years.

In 1946-47 A. Pochkhua was invited by L. Gudiashvili to work at wall-paintings at the Kvashveti Temple and it was a real academy for him.

In 1951 he takes part in the republic jubilee placard competition and becomes the lst prize winner. Since the time he is a regular participant of the republic and all-union exhibitions.

In 1955 he makes his lst exhibition of boxwood and nacre carving. This event was described in details and illustrated by photos in the magazine ,,Sabchota Khelovneba” (the ,,Soviet Art”). Later each the Soviet and foreign newspapers and magazines often informed of his success in box-wood carving, the unique genre of fine arts.

In 1960 he becomes a member of the USSR Artists’ Union.

In 1972 was published a booklet comprising 10 coloured reproductions of his works.

In 1976 there was an album issued by ,,Khelovneba” Publishers in three languages (Georgian, Russian and English). lt included about a hundred colour reproductions of the author’s boxwood carvings.

In 1977 first personal exhibition was held at Kutaisi Art Gallery.

In 1978 second personal exhibition was held at the Young Scientist’ Club in Tbilisi.

In 1978 A. Pochkhua was invited by the Kutaisi glass factory, where he developed a high skill in crystal processing technology.

It has been his first attempt of the thematical-compositional deep carving on crystal and applying Georgian ornaments to it.

Arsen Pochkhua-MUSE

Arsen Pochkhua-MUSE

In 1980 on the initiative of the Central Committee of the Republic YCLL was published the three-language album ,,Oiympic Crystal and Boxwood”.

In 1982 third personal exhibition was held in the hall of the Representation of the C_ouncil of Ministers of the GSSR in Moscow. The great success of this exhibition conditioned fourth exhibition sponsored by the Presidium of All -Russian Society for Defence of Nature. The exhibition was held from December 1982 up to March 1983. The exhibition found reflection in press, radio and T.V.

In 1982 the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Georgian SSR conferred a title of Honoured Artist of the Georgian SSR on A. Pochkhua, for his long work in the Georgian Honoured State Symphony Orchestra. In the same year he returned to his native town Kutaisi.

In 1983 from May to September fifth personal exhibition of A. Pochkhua’s works was held in Novosibirsk.

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