Biography

ARSHAK SARKISSIAN

Born: December 26, 1981, Gyumri, Armenia

 

EDUCATION

1998    National Aesthetic Center of Art, Yerevan, Armenia

2001    Postgraduatory Cyprus College of Art, Paphos, Cyprus

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016    Albemarle Gallery, London, England, UK

2013    Charlie Smith Gallery, London, England, UK

2008    Center for Experimental Art, Armenia

2007    Harvest Gallery, California, USA

2006    Marie Pavgas, Art Gallery, Arsheville, North Carolina, USA

2005    5th Gyumri International Biennial, Armenia

2002    Morphi Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus

2000    2nd Gyumri International Biennial, Armenia

2000    ACCEA Virtual Art, Yerevan, Armenia

1999    “Mind Fanatics”, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia

1998    1st Gyumri International Biennial, Armenia

1998    “Take It,” Center of Modern and Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia

1997    “Zircular 5,” Modern Art Museum, Yerevan, Armenia

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016    AC Slovenian Gallery, Ljublijana, Slovenia

2015    Pharos Art Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus

2015    Studio Ventome, New York, U.S.A.

2014    Opus 39 Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

2013    Antikyan Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia

2011    Opus 39 Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

2010    Gabirel Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2010    Mildberry Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2009    Albemarle Gallery, London, England, UK

2005    Academy Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia

2004    Opus 39 Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

2000    Opus 39 Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

1999    National Aesthetic Center of Art, Armenia

 

AWARDS

2005    The President of the Republic Prize for Armenian Fine-Art

 

COLLECTIONS

Frances J. Greenburger Collection, New York, US

The Pharos Trust, Cyprus

Viki and Raffe Hovhanessian Contemporary Art, New York, US

 

BIOGRAPHY 

Arshak Sarkissian was born in Gyumri Armenia in 1981. He studied art at the National Aesthetic Center for Art in Yerevan, Armenia in 1998. In 2001, he continued his studies at the Postgraduatory Cyprus College of Art in Paphos, Cyprus. 

In 2005, Sarkissian was awarded the President of the Republic Prize for Armenian Fine Art.

His artwork is housed at the Frances J. Greenburger Collection in New York, The Pharos Trust in Cyprus, and the Viki and Raffe Hovhanessian Contemporary Art Collection in New York.

Since 1997, Sarkissian’s artwork has been shown at multiple solo and group exhibitions around the world. His art is about the contemporary man, refracted through his imagination. His main task is creating figurative, modern art. He believes his characters are born in graphics and continue their lives in painting or sculpture. As an artist, he explores human behavior, trying to get to their core personality. 

Sarkissian works and lives in Yerevan, Armenia.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art is about the contemporary man, refracted through my imagination. My main task is creating figurative, modern art. Although I appeal to classic artistic media – painting, graphics, round sculpture – I try to incorporate in the classics the hue-and-cry of the modern world, including its complexity and controversy, while depicting the modern man in his fantastic displays. But I was greatly influenced by Renaissance art, especially the artist’s constant urge to master their artform, but more specifically, their meticulous approach to drawing, because my characters are being born in graphics, and if it is successful, they continue their lives in painting or sculpture. The other important factor that attracts me in Renaissance art is the synthesis of elements of real and magical.

I am convinced that the world is pluralistic, that it is not limited by physical reality. There are many worlds that are just as real and true as the physical reality we live in. Both real worlds and human nature are diverse. It includes both the human and the inhuman, the unnatural and the natural. The latter connects man with other realities, like a shaman in his witchcraft links himself with the nature and supernatural forces. Through my imagination I see that connection with animals, plants, and eccentric creatures.

Animals play a big role in my paintings, bringing extra expression with them. Human and animal hybrids appear often in my artwork, such as the humanoid creature with bird's head. Their dress and hairstyle are greatly important in the process of accentuating their exoticism. All this, when incorporated together, express my internal aspirations for changes to be made and the, soon to be created, new art.

As an artist I am keen to explore human behavior, trying to get to their core expressiveness that I consider to be their personality. I am looking for people who create their personality by telling their own story innovatively, who have different layers in them, people who experiment and deliberately go out of the way to change themselves for the better. These experiments make the personality either monsterous or a hybrid with elements of fauna or flora.