Biography

 

ARAM VARTANOV

 

EDUCATION

1982                Kodjoian Art School, Yerevan, Armenia

1987                Terlemezian Art College, Yerevan, Armenia

1991-1997       The Academy of Art of Armenia, Department of Graphic Art, Yerevan, Armenia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016    Tufenkian Fine Arts, Glendale, CA, USA

2015    20th Anniversary, Roslin Art Gallery, Glendale, CA, USA

Centro Cultural Nuevo Inicio Metropolitan Curia (La Infancia Robada), Granada, Spain

            LIFE100, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA, USA

2008    Western Prelacy Headquarters, La Crescenta, CA, USA

            William Saroyan Centennial, Abril Bookstore, Glendale, CA, USA

2004    Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C., USA

2003    Adamson-Duvannes Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2002    The Silk Road, The 36th Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, D.C., USA

2001    Modern Icon Exhibition, Brand Art Gallery, Glendale, CA, USA

            Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1999    Tamzara Gallery, Glendale, CA, USA

1998    Sezars Gallery, Glendale, CA, USA

            Boyajian Art Gallery, Glendale, CA, USA

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016    Tufenkian Fine Arts, Glendale, Ca, USA

2012    Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, Burbank, CA, USA

            1927 Gallery, The Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2011    Exhibition Hall, Centro Cultural Nuevo Inicio Metropolitan Curia, Granada, Spain

2009    Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, Burbank, CA, USA

2007    Private collectors, Glendale, CA, USA

2004    Penthouse Exhibition, 1155 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91202, USA

 

ART FAIRS

2015    LA Art Fair, Tufenkian Fine Arts, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

 

BIOGRAPHY

Aram Vartanov’s artistic education began in the early 1980s. He constantly visited the Matenadaran in Yerevan, a museum and library of approximately 11,000 surviving Armenian illuminated manuscripts. These visitations gave him the opportunity to analyze the details and composition of these Holy images. 

Vartanov values the beauty of illuminated manuscripts and the artwork of Armenian miniatures. He admires the wonderful masters of Armenian miniature painting and their ability to combine the serene and magnificent with light melancholy. With his steady hand, Vartanov has been able to maintain the art of the past as a present.

His works are mainly acrylic on parchment, with some graphic on parchment or oil on canvas, usually used for his larger pieces. The subject that remains a constant for him is “The Mother and Child.” By arranging them in new positions, Vartanov reveals different emotions and a new depth of attentiveness and love between a mother and child. 

Vartanov lives and works in Glendale, CA. 

 

ARTISTS STATEMENT

The gold leaf, colors, material, scale, and the iconography are comparable to work done in the finest scriptoriums and monasteries. It is easy to become consumed in the details of these icons. Each dynamic scene portrays a frozen moment in time and allows the viewer to continue the story in our minds.