Year 1990 graduated from Tbilisi State University, (Republic of Georgia), the faculty of Arts and Humanities, sculpture class.(BFA). Year 1983 awarded a title of master of folk arts, from Year 1987- a member of an Artists Union of Georgia.
Besarion Darjania works in the field of ancient and honored craft, such as cameo carving using carefully selected shell, amber, jet, semiprecioes stones and mammoth tusk-mamoth avory (legal, fosile material) as a stuff.
What is it known is that cameo carving has been a 2000 year-old tradition in Georgia.The museums of Georgia house a wealth of unique jewelry -among them are the shapes of bracelets and medallions decorated with carved gems obviously inspired by Hellenistic style as Georgia's extensive contacts with the Greek colonies situated on the northern Black Sea Coast area made a certain impact on its art.
In the history of art the destiny of glyptics-the art of miniature engraving on precious or semi-precious stones was an unusual and interesting. Originated among certain ancient Eastern civilizations, it reached a peak of artistic perfection in antiquity and shared vicissitudes, which attended the development of fine arts during the Middle Ages having flourished during the renaissance.
At the first step the semi-precious and precious stones were carved as adornments, at the next step carved stone served as the personal seal for the owner. Intaglio seals (with incised designs) became particularly popular in the ancient world. Antique gem-engravers naturally sought to give high aesthetic value to their works, and gradually the artistic side came to overbalance the practical aspect.
As a result, the Hellenic period (end of the fourth century-beginning of the third century B.C.) saw the rise of a new kind of engraved stone apart from intaglios, namely the cameo. Unlike intaglios, cameos were carved in relief, more often than not in a material with layers of different colors. Lacking any practical purpose, cameos were used either as personal adornment or to fill the treasure-houses of temples and the collections of noble owners. Antique cameos remained the ideal off all subsequent generations of the carvers. The technical devices, subjects, laws of composition and execution developed in antiquity were regarded as classical canons. " (Ju. Kagan, Aurora art Publishers, Petersburg).
"The material as noble as mammoth ivory for making refined cameos on different themes evoked my especial interest, "- says Besarion. " This unique material (mammoth tusk and accompanying skeleton bones of age 40000 years) is being exposed out from the soil in permafrost areas of Alaska, North of the Scandinavian peninsula and North Siberia (Russia). Since mammoth ivory is actually fossil ivory it's widely used instead of elephant ivory for making refined hand-made goods.
As for the cameos on seashell material, I use generally Caribbean Sea and Indian Ocean shells as they have inside different color layers, which I try to use as fully as possible, because when the background color differs from that of the image maximum visual effect is obtained.
I was always anxious to master my art, seek new opportunities, improving existing ones and creating a new environment to achieve artistic growth and diversity, become acquainted with works of artists from other countries and significantly improve my creativeness."
For this purpose Besarion took part in contest for participating in Community Connections program sponsored by the US State Department of Cultural and Educational affairs. When he was selected as a finalist for the program he had the opportunity to travel and to have an internship in Bathesda, MD, year 2000, where Besarion was hosted by the Foundation for International Arts and Education.
While staying in the United States he took part in an exhibition of artists in the city of Rockwell, Maryland, exposing his handmade cameos.
In May 2001 "The artists Illustrated Encyclopedia" was published in Cincinati(USA,Ohaio), where Besarion's work was included as the master cameo sample on mamoth tusk; the brief information on his work and annotation about him is also given there.
Participation in art exhibitions and other events
2002 - 2008 Christmas exhibition-sale organized by US Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia;
2005 - January 29, participation in the tsunami relief benefit gala, Tbilisi, Georgia | Centificate
2003 - September, magazine "Georgia today," "Art servived through centuries"
2001 - International year of volunteers, "Art for peace", Tbilisi, Georgia.
2000 - April, Participation in Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, Maryland, USA;
2000 - Internship in the Paint Branch Studio and Phoenix Art Gallery. Host organization in the USA:Foundation for International Arts and Education. The Community Connections Program;
2000 - Held in the honor of "The days of inheritance of Europe" in Georgia, for successful participation in the exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia;
2000 - "Who is Who in Modern Georgian Art", published by Georgian Biographical Center, Tbilisi;
1999 - Christmas exhibition-sale in US Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia;
1998 - Christmas exhibition-sale in US Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia;
1997 - World Vision Georgia's Small Enterprise education and Development program;
1996 - Tbilisi, International film festival, prize "Victorian style cameo" for the women's best play;
1995 - Tbilisi, Women's International movement for Peace-"White Scarf", prize "White Cameo" to the most respected person;
1993 - Tbilisi, Metekhi-Sheraton Palace, exhibition-sale for charitable purposes (help to the homeless children;
1990 - Artist's House, self-instructed artist's and folk art master's Republic exhibition devoted to the Third Republic Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia;
1988 - Art Gallery, Georgian Folk Art's exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia;
1988 - Georgian Folk Art's exhibition, Austria;
1987 - The second Union Festival, Moscow, Russia;
1987 - The medal of the laureate of the Second All-Union Festival of the National Art, Moscow, Russia;
1985 - The crafts exhibition, Moscow, Russia;
1984 - Exhibition of Georgian artists, Italy;
1984 - Georgia Republic exhibition "Art belongs to people", Tbilisi, Georgia;
1983 - 200 years of "Georgievsk's treaty". St.Petersbourg, Russia.
1982 - Registered as a Master of Folk Art by Georgian Peoples Scientific Systematic center, Georgian Academy of Art, Tbilisi.