Born: 1960, Gyumri, Armenia
1977 School of Fine Arts, Gyumri, Armenia
1989 Armenian Pedagogical University, Department of Drawing
2016 Land of Vitality, Galentz Museum, Yerevan, Armenia
2013 Saatchi Gallery, Hyatt Regency, London, UK
2012 9artists+20years, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia
2011 Christie’s Charity Auction of Contemporary Armenian Art, In Aid of Yerevan My Love, London, England
Exhibition Devoted to the 20th Anniversary of Independence of Republic of Armenia, National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
2010 Optimizm, Armenian New Art, Artists House of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
Colors of Armenia, Marseille, France
2009 The Way It Is, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia
Transitional Hypotheses, Armenian Japanese Artists, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia
2008 Undercurrent Shifts, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia
2007 Armenian Contemporary Art, Orangeri Du Luxembourg, Paris, France
5 Armenian Artists, Marseille, France
Armenian Landscapes in Contemporary Art, Zurich, Switzerland
2006 Armenian Style, Akanat Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
Art Without Borders, Havana Gallery, Oldenburg, Germany
2005 Marie Pargas Gallery, Ashevill, NC, US
The Collection of Viken Makhyan, AGBU Pasadena Center, Pasadena, CA, US
Oil on Canvas, Academy Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
Photo Plus, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia
2004 The Dynamics of Abstract Art in Armenia, Akanat Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
2003 Beyond Icons: Contemporary Art in Armenia, William J. Backman Gallery, Munster, IN, US
2002 Beyond Icons: Contemporary Art in Armenia, William J. Backman Gallery, Munster, IN, US
2001 Exhibition Devoted to the 1700 Anniversary of Christianity of Armenia, National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
1999 Windows to Armenia, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL, US.
With Many Voices, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL, US.
1998 Inscription: Post Factum, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia
1997 Dreams and Visions, Westin Hotel, Chicago, IL, US
1996 Armenian Money Mark, TAAK Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
1995 Contemporary Art of Armenia: 80-95, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
1992 Armenian Post Modernism, Moscow, Russian
Contemporary Armenian Artists, Gallery Visiion, Kassel, Germany
Contemporary Art from Armenia, London, UK
1991 New Academy Gallery, London, UK
New Tendencies in Art, Goyak Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
1989 Art of the USSR: The Past 50 Years, Madrid, Spain
2016 Armenian Museum of Fresno, Fresno, CA, US
Tufenkian Fine Arts, Glendale, CA, US
2013 Garboushian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, US
2012 1927 Gallery in the Fine Art Building, Los Angeles, CA, US
2011 Art Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, US
2010 1927 Gallery in the Fine Art Building, Los Angeles, CA, US
Artology 101 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, US
2009 Between the Images, One Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
2008 Modern Art Museum of Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia
2006 First Floor Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
2003 “Mind Games” First Floor Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
1998 JNR Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
1994 Bossen Cultural Center, Saabrucken, Germany
Modern Art Museum of Yerevan, Armenia
National Gallery of Armenia
HCVT Corporate Collection
Various Private Collections
Arthur Sarkissian was born in 1960 in Gyumri, Armenia. In 1977, he attended the School of Fine Arts, followed by the Yerevan State Pedagogical University in 1989, specializing in Drawing.
His abstract art is a statement of post-soviet freedom of expression. His approach to painting developed from the desire to free himself from Socialist Realism. His artwork combines painting and silkscreen printing. It incorporates text, photograph, signs, and architectural images, fusing oil paints with found imagery. It acts as a bridge connecting the past and the present.
Sarkissian’s canvases focus on the collage aesthetic, defining modern compositions. He lives in a visual world, filled with the collage aesthetic, helping him find his true expression. His artwork is elegant and raw, chaotic and lucid, expansive and deliberate. In a universe of opposites, his art flourishes in the balance.
More recently, he’s become more fascinated with paint as the main subject. He wants to prove how beautiful paint can be independently. The depth that the material creates individually is displayed in his artwork.
Sarkissian currently lives and works in Yerevan.
The art is a multi-stratum game of the thought and soul, and the best way to justify one’s existence. For me Fine Arts is an opportunity to reappraise and revive the old and the new, The Chronicle and the Contemporaneity.