was born in 1950 in Tbilisi. In 1972, he graduated from the Architecture Department of the Polytechnic Institute of Georgia. In 1979, he finished his studies in filmmaking at Shota Rustaveli Theatrical Institute (now Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University) under T. Abuladze and I. Kvirikadze. Starting from his student work Etude №2 (Temple, 1979), he pursued his search for visual manifestations of “pure cinema” in all his later films. Gogita Chkhonia died in 2009.