Biography

GEGAM KACHERIAN

BIOGRAPHY
1981 BFA, Terlemezian Fine Arts College, Yerevan, Armenia.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1999 “Discipline,“ Achot Achot Studio, Paris.
2003 “Direction,“ Gallery 825/LAAA Annex, Santa Monica.

2006  HAUS, Pasadena, CA.

2007  Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles.

2008  Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica.

2009  Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica.

2011 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1997 “Estampes Contemporines,“ Ezanville Cultural Center, curated by Achot Achot, Ezanville, France, catalogue.

2001  “Afactum+Discipline,“ Gallery YVART, Paris.

2002  “Tentation Celeste,“ Syrian Cultural Center, curated by Achot Achot, Paris.

“Engrenage Extreme,“ Gallery YVART, Paris.
“Bunker,“ Artistsʻ Union Museum, curated by Ofenbach, Moscow.
“Expressions Exhibit,“ Long Beach Arts, curated by Jay Belloli, Long Beach, CA.
“Parallel Connections,“ Korean Cultural Center, juried by Noel Korten, Connie Butler & Youn Soon Min; organized by Scott Canty, Los Angeles.

2003    “Bunker,“ 5th Alexanderplatz, Berlin, catalogue.

2004    Prima Center Berlin, curated by Silvina Ter Megurdichia, Berlin.

“Miniature Worlds,“ at the Brewery project, organized by Carolie Parker-Lopez & Noel
Korten, Garland Kirkpatrick and students from the Dept of Art & Art History, Loyol Marymount University, Los Angeles.
“Open Call,“ Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, Jay Belloli Award. Jeju-Kidang Museum, Jeju Cultural Art Center, South Korea , catalogue.
“Archi Galentz Collection,“ Macedonia Museum of Art, curated by Barbara Barsch & Mika Hannula, Skopje, Macedonia.
Korean Cultural Center, juried by David Pagel, David Moon, Gary Kornblau, Los
“EGO,“ Loisirs Et Culture, Paris, catalogue.

2005    “Smaller Is,“ Andrewshire Gallery, curated by John Souza, Los Angeles.
“Open Show“, Gallery 825/LAAA , juried by Wesley Jessup, Los Angeles. (award) Angeles.

“Paintingʼs Edge,“ Riverside Art Museum, curated by Andi Couwenberg, Riverside, CA.
“Mixed Bag,“ Gallery 825/LAAA , juried by Kim Light, Los Angeles.
Exhibition, LA Artcore, juried by Jay Belloli, Los Angeles, award.
“Ego,“ Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, curated by Achot Achot, Medellin, Colombia. “Situated Self, Confused, Compassionate and Conflictual,“ Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.

Exhibition, Tennis Palace Art Museum, curated by Branislav Dimitrijevic and Mika Hannula, Helsinki.
“Imaginary Spaces/Real Places,“ Long Beach Art, juried by Christopher Miles, Long Beach, CA.

2006    “Biennial,“ Mike Napoliello Gallery, juried by Jeremy Strick, Los Angeles.
“Surface Tension,“ KCCLA Art Gallery, juried by Howard Fox, Yong Soon Min & David Moon, Los Angeles, CA
“On the Wall: Murals,“ Armory Center for the Arts, curated by Jay Belloli, Pasadena, CA. “Scale,“ Gallery 825/LAAA, curated by Caryn Coleman, Los Angeles.
“H2Eau,“ Red House Gallery, curated by Ashley Emenegger and Evelyn Fitzgibbons, Los Angeles.
“GEM,“ Gallery 825/LAAA, curated by Joni Gordon, Los Angeles.
Exhibition, Insa Art Gallery, curated by Kim Jung-So, Seoul, South Korea, catalogue. Exhibition, Gallery Ann, curated by Kim Jung-So, Seoul, South Korea.
“Plex,“ Brewery Project, curated by Noel Korten, Los Angeles.
“Light,“ Red House Gallery, curated by Scott Canty, Los Angeles.

2007    “Winter Biennial,“ Mike Napoliello Gallery, juried by Susan Cross, Los Angeles. “Hausguests,“ Brewery Project, coordinated by HAUS, Los Angeles.
“Art Contemporain dʻArmenie,“ Orangerie Du Senat, Paris.
Exhibition, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia.

2009    "See Change," Rio Honda College Art Gallery, curated by Michael Duncan, Los Angeles. "Elements of Nature," The Frederic R. Weisman Museum of Art, Los Angeles.

2010    "OZ," Museo Regional de Guadalajara, Mexico.
"Elements of Nature," Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA.
"Elements of Nature," Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,
Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA.
"Perspectives 2010," Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV.

2011    “Elements of Nature“ Selections from the Federic R Weisman Art Foundation, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, Lousiana.

“Forces of Nature“ Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Louisiana Art and

Science Museum, curated by Billie Milam Weisman, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2012    “Landscape & Architecture,” The Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA.

“California Art: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,“ Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA.
“Meticulosity,” Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles.
Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand.

RESIDENCIES

2003    Festival International dʼArt Contemporain, “Ego, “ Paris.

2004    1st Jeju International Art Festival, Jeju, Korea.

2005    Rajamangala Institute, Poh-Chang Campus, Bangkok.

Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CA.

2011    Weisman Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist-in-Residence, California State

Summer School for the Arts, Valencia, CA.  

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2011    Judge, 26th Annual All-Media Juried Art Exhibition, Lancaster Museum – Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA

2011    Lecture and three-day workshop, Weisman Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist-in-Residence, California State Summer School for the Arts, Valencia, CA.

SELESTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2005    West, Andrew J.  “Thailand, This Year’s Torch-beareer, “Bangkok Post, February 10

2006    Duncan, Michael.  “Critics Opening Salvos in LA,“ Art in America, Nov.

2008    Pagel, David. "Taking viewers on a dark trip," Los Angeles Times, Aug 1.

2009    Myers, Holly. "Flights of Urban Fancy," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 18, reproductions, p D22.

Donohue, Marlena. "Continuing and Recommended," ArtScene, Oct.

Mallinson, Constance. "Gegam Kacherian at Rosamund Felsen," Art in America, Dec, reproductions.

2010  Buckley, Annie. "Artist Profile, Gegam Kacherian," Art Ltd., Jan.

 

Gegam Kacherian was born in Yerevan, Armenia and received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Terlemezian Fine Arts College. He began exhibiting his artwork in Paris’s Achot Achot Studio in 1999. In 2002, he was part of a group exhibition curated by Jay Belloli for Long Beach Arts, which lead to multiple group exhibitions in art galleries the upcoming years. 

Throughout his career, Kacherian has had many artist residencies, in Paris, Korea, Bangkok, California, and the Netherlands. He has lectured at the Weisman Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist-in Residence in the California State Summer School for the Arts in Valencia, and at the College of the Canyons.  

In 2013, the Los Angeles Valley College’s Art Gallery exhibited a retrospective of Kacherian’s artwork called “Gegam Kacherian: Thirty Six Year Survey.” The exhibition charted the trajectory of his art practice, highlighting examples of his early pieces to his recent semi-abstract, abstract and figurative paintings.

His canvases are populated with various encounters he’s had throughout his life, weaving surrealistic dreamlike imagery using atmospheric colors. His paintings include exotic animals appear in defiantly shifting landscapes and floating city view. This creates an area where representational and the abstract collide. Kacherian has mastered the ability to merge the abstract with the representational.

He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.