Tbilisi has a burgeoning, yet very happening street art scene, so it is fun to check out new artists and go on the trail of artists I have already come to admire and recognize. Dr. Love (Bacha Khoperia) is one of my favorite for his social commentary and humor. He is considering one of the founding fathers of the street art movement in Tbilisi.
The first piece I saw of his was just outside the Georgian national Museum, which houses the remains of Homo erectus georgicus, the oldest known human remains outside of Georgia. This piece depicts a male and female taking a selfie. It’s funny and it’s poignant. It make you question modern existence. After that I started noticed a number of interesting pieces that seem to be commenting on a variety of subjects, ranging from air pollution (a big problem in Tbilisi) to the police.
There is now a street art shop at Fabrika called Fabrikafitti where you can meet the artist and support his art. I still prefer strolls through the city on the hunt for his stencils and murals.