Ruben Amirian was born in Tehran, Iran. As a child, he began to display his interest in drawing and painting. He attended Tehran University for two years, majoring in painting.  In 1962, he left Iran and moved to the United States to continue his studies, changing his major to architecture. During his studies, he continued to work on his art education by attending workshops and taking courses in drawing and art history, concentrating on contemporary art. 

Amirian permanently moved to the United States in 1980. He is actively engaged in painting, which presents him with new opportunities to develop his artistic style.

His artwork communicates directly with nature and his environment. He attempts to represent nature as a category, giving every leaf and petal a certain characteristic. He focuses on the relationship between the formal and the non-formal. In his practice, he will paint the same object over and over again, until it has evolved into something entirely new, with a language and mind of its own.

For Amirian, painting is a necessity that drives him towards the denial of visual forms. He represents a unique abstract contemporary genre, with a vivid kind of modernism. Suggestive landscapes are placed behind the abstract forms. 

Amirian has exhibited his artwork in solo and group exhibitions in Washington D.C, Pasadena, CA, and Glendale, CA. He currently lives and works in Glendale, California.



We are constantly surrounded by images and symbols. They may be beautiful works by great artists, or images in popular culture. I wish to be a participant in this image making process. My work is a constant search to find that elusive perfect image and I often draw the same image over and over again, with minor modifications, until it feels right. The great abstract expressionist painter Esteban Vincente says, “Color makes us feel like seeing.” This idea of color having multiple capacities plays an important role in my paintings.To paint is a challenge, and like anything in life sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail, but the thought of picking up the brush the next morning and starting the creative process all over again, makes life challenging and beautiful.