A film director of world renown, Paradjanov’s film “Fire Horses/The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” was received with great acclaim around the world. This was followed by other works, “The Color of Pomegranates,” “The Legend of the Suram Fortress,” “AshikKerib,” etc. His originality lies to a great extent in his painterly and theatrical approach to the picture.
Paradjanov was always an enthusiastic painter and set designer and during the last years of his life his works were exhibited in Tbilisi, Yerevan, Moscow and Cannes. Paradjanov’s work both as director and artist is always unexpected. His imagination creates a magical poetical world which immediately seizes the onlooker; his works are in impeccable taste, attractive and inexplicably contemporary.
The restless, constantly erupting talent of the artist created around him, wherever he was, whether at home, in prison, in the hospital, or in a hotel room, an atmosphere of creativity and beauty. Everything he did bore the inimitable stamp of personality.