Gotscha was born in 1965 in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia in the South Caucasus (now an independent country, but then part of the Soviet Union).
During his school years in the first experimental primary and secondary school of Tbilisi he showed exceptional talent in the art of painting, mathematics and physics. In 1979, with the support of his parents and after successfully completing his exams he was accepted at the special institute for higher education, named after V. Komarov. A teacher of history at this school, Djuanscher Djurchadze, a nationally beloved person and collector of antique art, fans the interest of the young Gotscha for swords and suits of armour, that are part of the Georgian history and that even now serve as a treasure of reliquary value in every traditional family.
With the support of his teacher he makes his first work in metal, a trial of a mail shirt. Directly afterwards he produces a traditional helm, "Gudamakhruli Tschabalachi". When Gotschas teacher sees his exceptional interest and the surprising results of these first endeavors, he gives him as a prize a Persian shield from his collection.
When he is 17 years old, Gotscha starts his studies at the Technical University in Tbilisi. He studies with relish under the guidance of decaan Prof. Vachtang Gabrichidze and other professors of talent and he completes the full course of this institute. In 1989 he passes the National Exam and receives a qualification as electrical engineer.
Next to his studies at the institute Gotscha carries on his research into traditional suits of armour and swords. Nearly every week he visits the National Museum in Tbilisi and comes into contact with Prof. Kote Tscholokhaschvili, director of collections, and with the curator of the museum, Vachtang Schoschitaschvili M.A. They allow Gotscha to study in the depot of the museum.
From 1985 he works on the reconstruction of a national armour, Abjari which directly after its completion in 1988, is presented with great success on the Georgian television film under the title "A shirt of Mail", directed by Dela Kvachadze. Referees are Prof. Kote Tscholokhaschvili, artist and art critic Guram Gabaschvili and artist Themur Sulchanischvili, leader of the project for restoration of the gates of Theater Rustaveli. Gotschas work is then selected for the exhibitions in the House of Culture in Tbilisi, organized by the Ministry of Culture, and for exhibition in Burg Hasseg/Hall in Tyrol, Austria.
From 1988 he works actively as a sculptor. Next to this he carries out several restoration projects, and does research in the method of making the Georgian steel Djavari, that was used to create sables and daggers of the finest quality a method which was still in use in the 19th century.
From 1987 Gotscha works part-time for the Art Society in Tbilisi. In that time he completes some personal orders from Prof. Zurab Tsereteli, and after his studies he is offered a very good position as Head of Metal Restoration, at the National Service for the Preservation of Monuments, in the National Museum of Architecture and Life style in Tbilisi, which he accepts.
Gotscha came to The Netherlands in 1994, 31 years old. From that time he lives and works in The Netherlands. He makes his art for museums, galleries and collectors, creates his so called free (unapplied) art works, fashions exclusive jewellery on special order, does restoration projects and creates liturgical art objects for the Church. His work is regularly shown at exhibitions.
In 1997 Gotscha receives an invitation from Prof. Alfred Habermann, professor of the European Centre for the Preservation of Monuments, at the UNESCO in Venice. In 1998 Gotscha receives an official invitation to take part in the International Arts and Crafts Fair in Jerusalem, with the involvement of the Dutch Embassy in Israel.
Also in 1998 he executes an order for the Dutch Army and Arms Museum in Delft, the reconstruction of a Northern-Dutch cavalry suit of armour from 1590, which once belonged to Prince Maurits of Nassau and which is kept in the Art Historical Museum in Vienna.
Gotscha completes personal orders for Henk Visser, owner of the Collection Visser in Wassenaar. 2001-2002, by invitation of the Rijksmuseum, Gotscha gives lectures at the ICN Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage in Amsterdam.
In 1988 Gotscha was honored by the Ministry of Culture of Georgia with the title of the Peoples Arts of Georgia.
1987-1990 Improvised Georgian suits of armour ordered by Prof. Zurab Tsereteli - the President of the Russian Academy of Art (RAA), President of the Moscow International Foundation for Support to UNESCO; UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador”
1997 Orthodox Parish of St. Nektarios in Eindhoven: Cross of St. Nino, brass, to be placed on the Royal Door in front of the Altar of the church
1997 Protestant Church Community of Den Bosch: two gilded stainless steel chalices
1997 - Painter Zura Kalanda (Kalandadze) - Cross of St. Nino
1997 Prof. Alfred Habermann, Germany: exclusively designed jewellery an iron chain to wear
1997-1998 Royal Dutch Army and Arms Museum: Riders suit or armour after the personal suit of armour of Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange (1567-1625), kept in the collection of Hofjagd- und Rüstkamer des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Vienna
1998-2000 The Visser Collection Wassenaar: Mauritshelmet and weapon gloves, miniature suit of armour of prince Maurits (scale 1:4), which won an international prize in Luxemburg
1999 Gallery Bremmer in Tilburg The Netherlands: silver brooch/insigne for the composer Jan van Dijk, by means of honorary decoration at the occasion of his jubilee
1999 Matthew Synod in Athens: a Panagia, an Episcopal liturgical medallion, silver, with inset icon of the Holy Mother of God
1999 Foundation Castle Heeswijk, in Heeswijk: restoration and conservation of historical suits of armour and helms
2000 Historical Museum Don Quixote in Drunen, conservation of the Maximelians armour
2000 Hervion College in Den Bosch: given several workshops
2001/2002 ICN Dutch Institute for Collections, an organization of the Dutch Ministry of Culture: the giving of lectures, in Amsterdam
2002/2003 Royal Dutch Army and Arms Museum in Delft: an artistic improvised suit of armour of a piekeman meant to be exhibited at the museum on special occasions
2003 Bruno Maurer, Swiss Army Museum: Topfhelm, after the Helmet (1300) from "Collection Boissonas", France
2003 Bruno Maurer, Swiss Army Museum: an artistic improvised "Spangenhelm", after the Franks helmet of VI century BC from Collection Landesmuseum Bonn, Germany
2003 Veluws Museum Nairac in Barneveld, The Netherlands: a sculpture showing Jan van Schaffelaar as armoured knight after the painting of Frederich Herlin St.Joris 1460, collection Stadtmuseum Nördlingen, Germany
2004 Quatre Saisons in Zevenbergen, Sculpture "Moerdijkbroeg"
2004 Koninklijke Harmonie Nut en vermaak, restoration and conservation of antic "Schellebomen"
2004 Children suit or armour after the painting of Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange (1567-1625), kept in the collection of Koninklijk Huisarchief" in Den Haag
2005 De Nood b.v. in Middelburg - restoration of copper lantern
2005 Historical Museum Don Quixote in Drunen
2005 Restauratiearchitectuur BBM, OOME Bouwbedrijf, Steenhouwerij Maarsen - Lantern model "Amsterdam"
2006 Stichting Kasteel Montfort, - Design and production of Lantern model "Montfort"
2006 Orthodox Parish of St. Nektarios in Eindhoven: a sacred object ranks helmSacred obiekt for the church
2007 Art Academy in Antwerpen (Belgium): the giving of lectures, in Amsterdam
2008 Historical Museum Don Quixote in Drunen - gothic armour interpretation of the painting of Frederich Herlin St.Joris 1460, collection Stadtmuseum Nördlingen, Germany
2008 Historical Museum "Don Quixote" in Drunen - Children suit or armour
2008 "Rocketeer helmet"
2008 Gemeente Deventer - restauratie van kroonluchters uit 1641 voor de Bergkerk in Deventer
2009 Georgisch Nationaal Museum - Workshops en trainingen gegeven - Restauratie/conservatie van historische wapens in het Georgisch Nationaal Museum. Project "Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals" is gefinancierd door het Nederlandse Ministerie van Buitenlandse zaken en uitgevoerd door Internationale organisatie va Migratie (IOM).
1988 Burg Hasseg/Hall, Tirol, Austria
1989 House of Culture of Tbilisi, Georgia
1995 Maritiem and Juttersmuseum of Texel, Holland
1996 Royal Netherlands Army and Arms Museum, Delft
1996 Town Library Kerkdriel, Kerkdriel, Holland
1997 Galerie De Kijkerijk, Waalwijk, Holland
1997 Jewellers Salon Nouwens and Houdijk, Den Bosch, Holland
1997 Royal Netherlands Army and Arms Museum, Delft
1997 Town Hall Weert, Weert, Holland
1998 Galerie La Cave, Kerkrade, Holland
1998 Galerie Watertoorn, Schoonhoven, Holland
1999 Castle of Bourglinster, Bourglinster, Luxemburg
2000 Jewelers Salon Nouwens and Houdijk, Den Bosch, Holland
2000 Galerie Bremmer, Tilburg, Holland
2000 Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Holland
2001 STOK Punt, Den Bosch, Holland
2001 Town Library Roosendaal, Roosendaal, Holland
2002 Kastle of Montfort, Montfort, Holland
2003 Royal Netherlands Army and Arms Museum, Delft
2004 Royal Netherlands Army and Arms Museum, Delft
2004 Veluws Museum "Nairac", Barneveld, Holland
2004 Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2004 Koninklijk Tehuis voor Oud-Militairen en Museum (KTOMM) Bronbeek, Arnhem, Nederland
2004 Museum (Altes Zeughaus Solothurn), Solothurn, Switzerland
2004 Het Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland
2004 De Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag, Holland
2004 Royal Netherlands Army and Arms Museum Delft, Presentation of Boy Armour of prince of Orange by Gotscha Lagidse
2005 Galerie Bremmer, Tilburg / Holland
2005 Georgiëdag, Lezing/diapresentatie, Vondelkerk Amsterdam
2006 NGK Smedendagen, Regthuysplein in Nieuwkoop / Holland
2006 Lezing/diapresentatie bij "51 Hasselt", Hasselt / Belgium
2006 Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2007 - expositie met lezing, Feestelijke bijeenkomst van de stichting Georgie / Georgische Diaspora in Amsterdam.
2007 "Expositie "Maurits en Oranje geheim", Legermuseum Delft/ Holland
2007 Lezing/diapresentatie bij "51 Geel", Geel (Belgium)
2007 "BOURSE AUX ARMES à RUNGIS", Paris
2007/2008 Museum Galerie "Kharvasla" Tbilisi, Georgia
2008 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel (Holland)
2008 -Exhibition "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen (Holland)
2009 -Exhibition "Salon Liégeons de I'Arme Ancienne", Luik (Belgium)
2009 - Exhibition "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen (Holland)
2010 - Exhibition "Salon Liégeons de I'Arme Ancienne", Luik (Belgium)
2010 - Exhibition "Musket", Antwerpen, (Belgium)
2010 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel (Holland)
2010 - Exhibition "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen (Holland)
2011 - "Musket" fair, Antwerpen (Belgium)
2011 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel (Holland)
2011 - Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2011 - "Salon Liégeons de I'Arme Ancienne", Luik (Belgium)
2011 "Salon International de la Coutellerie d’Art et de Collection" (SICAC) in Parijs (France)
2011 Presentation by Rotary Club in Zierikzee (Holland)
2011 - Exposition by "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen (Holland)
2012 - Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2012 - "Musket" fair, Antwerpen (Belgium)
2012 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel (Holland)
2012 - "Salon Liégeons de I'Arme Ancienne", Luik (Belgium)
2013 - "Musket" beurs, Antwerpen
2013 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel
2013 - expositie "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen
2012 - DKE Knife Sow, Gembloux, Belgie
2013 - Presentatie bij Bossche Gilde van Goudsmeden
2013 Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2013 - "Musket" beurs, Antwerpen
2013 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel
2013 - expositie "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen
2014 Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2014 - "Musket" beurs, Antwerpen
2014 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel
2014 - expositie "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen
2015 Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2015 - "Musket" beurs, Antwerpen
2015 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel
2015 - expositie "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen
2016 Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2016 - "Musket" beurs, Antwerpen
2016 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel
2016 - expositie "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen
2017 Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2017 - "Musket" beurs, Antwerpen
2017 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel
2017 - expositie "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen
2018 Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2018 - "Musket" beurs, Antwerpen
2018 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel
2018 - expositie "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen
2019 Foyer Communal de Gembloux, Gembloux / Belgium
2019 - "Musket" beurs, Antwerpen
2019 - "Dutch Knife Exhibition", Tiel
2019 - expositie "VVNW beurs", Voorthuizen
Chambre des Metiers, Grand - Duche Luxembourg1999 Winner of a prize on an international forum exhibition in Bourglinster, Luxemburg - 1er prix Meilleure pièce exposée (1st prize for the best piece exhibited), at Luxembourg Bourglinster, Forum International de la Ferronerie dArt Contemporaine
of the Georgian-born sculptor, armourer, and artist now living in the
Netherlands. Includes images of his armour, religious, ceremonial and private
artworks and his jewelry, as well as biographical and bibliographical data.