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Karen Aghamyan

Was born in 1946 in Yerevan. In 1969, he graduated from the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theatre Institute and has been a member of the Artists' Union of the USSR since 197g. Since 1970 he has participated in more than 70 exhibitors, 11 of which were one-man shows. His pictures are property of museums of Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, France and private collections in many countries of the world. Since 1970, be has been teaching in the Yerevan Institute of Arts. From 1988 to 1993 he was the Head of the Design Department. Has be rank of professor. Since 1998, he has been the Chairman of the Artists' Union of Armenia.

Mini Biography: Karen Aghamian is a painter and designer, whose works manifest biz skillful hand of a professional designer and re-constructor" of the environment. Peculiar attitude towards the surroundings enables him to find his own field of activity and create an individual conceptual world. The artist's perception of the reality as well as his works are alien to outside intrusion: they are so original, whole - hearted and complete. All this is a result of hard intensive work, his longing for perfection and deep emotional experience. It is difficult to attribute the artist's paintings to a certain school. He represents his "own" realism, somewhat different from the conventional one, rather restrained and, at times, rigid. Karen Aghamian works quickly, all in the same breath, and this manner of his is a means to an end. He manages to paint in one color range - pink, red or green, and chaotically dividing the color by a great number of small strokes, makes his pictures "to breathe". An expressively graceful silhouette of a woman is a frequent "visitor" in his compositions. Faces are of no importance here, but figures, nevertheless, have definite individuality. Amalgamation of intellect and sensuality, thorough calculation and unusual chiaroscuro solutions are peculiar to his works. By logically dividing and "freezing" space, Aghamian succeeds in creating motion in the very picture. His pictures are looked over from principal to minor details which are just outlined. The artist has proved to be capable of finding "neutral-active" background that acquires its independent sounding and integrity. Having created his own world, Karen Aghamian keeps touch with the existing reality and strengthens himself as a definite link in the chain of the whole.

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