Jacob Jugashvili

Jacob Jugashvili
Born: 1972, Tbilisi
Scottish Rossica

Georgian painter, graphic artist. Great-grandson of Joseph Stalin and his first wife Kato Svanidze (1885–1907). Grandson of Yakov Dzhugashvili (1907–1943) and Olga Golysheva (1909–1957). Son of Soviet military historian and professor Yevgeny Dzhugashvili (1936–2016) and philologist Nanuli Nozadze (born 1939). Younger brother of film-maker Besarion Jugashvili (born 1965). Born in Moscow (1972). Godson of Soviet fighter pilot Zakhar Khitalishvili (1923–1986). Attended Secondary School No. 23 (now No. 1253) at 5 Zubov Boulevard in Moscow (1979–89). Studied at the Georgian Technical University in Tbilisi (1989–92) and Tbilisi Academy of Arts (1992–94). Received a £6,000 grant to train in Scotland and enrolled at Glasgow School of Art (1994), where he studied for a BA in fine art, drawing and painting under James Downie Robertson MBE (1931–2010) and rented a flat at Woodlands Terrace in the West End from John Mann, who became his first collector (1994–97). Contributed works to exhibitions at the Boundary Gallery, Lamont Gallery, Royal College of Art, London Art Fair and Gallery 27 in London (1997–2000) and Adjara Museum of Art in Batumi (1999). Returned to Georgia (1999), where he temporarily abandoned painting to work in the IT business (2000–05). Accompanied his father to meet Winston Spencer-Churchill and Curtis Roosevelt at the Yalta and Beyond conference in Maastricht (2005). Wrote to Vladimir Putin requesting Russian citizenship (2005). Lives and works in Moscow with his wife (Georgian artist Nino Lomkatsi) and daughter Olga-Ekaterina (born 2009).

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