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