The Art of Niko Chocheli

Acclaimed fine artist, illustrator and iconographer, Niko Chocheli was born in Tblisi in the Republic of Georgia, a nation rich in Christian history. His exhibit, Spirit and Whimsy is presented at the Antiochian Heritage Musuem, Bolivar, PA, showcasing art from his seven children’s books. On display are more than 70 works of art, including original paintings, illuminated pages, decorative capital letters and colorful endpapers, using a combination of pen and ink, watercolor and/or acrylic, with frequent addition of metallic gold and silver paint.

The exhibit catalog describes Niko Chocheli as being “greatly inspired by the past – by history and artistic tradition – from the classical paintings of the Great Masters, to the fantasy of Georgian folk tales, to the centuries-old tradition of iconography which is so prevalent in the ancient churches and monasteries of his homeland.”

His children’s books are: The Book of Jonah, Prepare O Bethlehem, The Praises: Psalm 148, Christ in the Old Testament, Halloween Town, A Perfect Christmas and The Hermit, The Icon and The Emperor.

The exhibit runs from March 15, 2010 to February 20, 2011. For more information please visit,

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  1. Wendy Braun

    So excited that you have a website! I’m looking forward to following your blog… Niko Choceli’s books and illustrations are wonderful. A friend of mine saw his exhibit at the Village and said his artwork is even more amazing in person. :)

    Posted August 29, 2010 at 4:16 am | Permalink
  2. Thanks Wendy! It is true, Niko’s art is beautiful and it was a blessing to have him illustrate The Hermit, The Icon and The Emperor. I am looking forward to seeing his exhibit this November and attending his iconography workshops at the Antiochian Village.

    Posted August 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

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