George (Gigo) Gabashvili was born on November 21, 1862, in Tbilisi, Georgia
Gabashvili started drawing at an early age, at the same time learning German and French languages. In 1881 he went to art college of K. Keppen. In 1883 Gabashvili went to Sankt-Peterburg. In 1888 he graduated from the Sankt-Peterburg Art Academy and returned in Georgia.
In Georgia Gabashvili became a famous painter. In 1891 he had his first personal exhibition in Tbilisi.
In Spring of 1894 Gabashvili left for Middle Asia and created there his brilliant Scetches of Samarkand and Bukhara.
In 1894-95 he graduated from the Munchen Art Academy.
In 1896-97 Gabashvili travelled in Greece and Italy.
Gigo Gabashvili is famous also as a teacher. In 1897 he established his Art Studio in Tbilisi. He was an active participator of establishing the Art Academy in Georgia and was invited as a professor (1922-30).
Gabashvili during his long working period created more than 2000 works.
He was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the Georgia (1929).
Gigo Gabashvili died on October 28, 1936, in Tsikhisdziri, Adjara, Georgia.