Oleg "Bika" Tsavva

Oleg "Bika" Tsaava was born in 1965 into a family of well-known Georgian artists in Tbilisi, in the former USSR. His love for painting evident and inherited from a line of distinguished artists, he enrolled in the Teachers' Training College in Tbilisi where he earned a degree in art in 1987. In 1991, Bika and his family made an emotionally wrenching move to the United States, seeking freedom of spirit and soul - the promise of the future and release of the past.

In his short career in Soviet Georgia, Bika excelled in broad and diverse artistic pursuits, including work at the Factory of Ceramic Artifice and as head designer at the publicity firm Sakuachrobreklama. Today, Bika's paintings can be found in the corporate collections of UPS (United Parcel Service) and ABC (American Broadcasting Corporation).

Bika Tsaava: "I enjoy different levels of creating - sculpting, etching and design - but even as I am creating, my passion lies in painting. I yearn to raise a field or lake from the canvas with so much dimension and texture that the viewer would want to reach out and touch it."