Ushangi Kumelashvili is an internationally recognized American artist. He was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1951. His lifelong devotion to his art began at the age of nine with his first stone sculpture, completed when he was eleven. His first award in a competition came at the age of 13. In 1968 he graduated from the State Art School in Tbilisi, Georgia and in 1972 he graduated from the Georgian National College of the Arts. In 1981 he was invited to Moscow as a sculptor for the Russian Department of Monuments. During that period he was also teaching painting and sculpture at the Moscow Studio of Fine Arts. Ushangi’s sculptures and paintings have been exhibited and sold in major American cities as well as Europe and China. His twice life size bust of Mark Twain is featured in the permanent Mark Twain exhibit at the Angels Camp Museum in California.