Galaktion Tabidze was born on the 17th of November 1891 and died on the 17th of March 1959. He was a prominent Georgian poet, an academician at the Academy of Science of Georgia. He was born in Chqvishi village, near Vani, in the family of the local teacher. During the years 1900 – 1908 he studied at the seminary of Kutaisi and in 1908 – 1910 he continued his studies at the seminary of Tbilisi.
From the very beginning of Galaktion’s literary activity people called him “the King of Poets” and he soon became a national poet. He was an innovator who introduced a completely new poetic form in his verses “I and the Night”, “The Moon over Mtatsminda”, “Azure Horses” and “Mary”.
He knew how to express the deepest human`s emotions with frankness and beauty. This way he continued poetic practise of famous Georgian poet, Nikoloz Baratashvili.
Galaktion Tabidze’s writings had a huge impact on consecutive generations of Georgian poets and for decades his work influenced all other artists. To this day he is considered as one of the greatest Georgian poets.
Sculpture of Galaktion Tabidze, created by George Shkhvatsabaia, was set up in Kutaisi in 1990.