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Hovik Antonyan

Was born in 1952 in Yerevan. In 1982, he graduated from the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theatre Institute. He has been a member of the Artists' Union of the USSR since 1986. He has participated in exhibitions since 1982. One man-show: 1998-in Yerevan. His pictures are property of museums of Armenia and private collections in Armenia, USA, Israel, Canada, France, Egypt.

Mini Biography: Hovik Antomian is a very modest and smart person devoid of superfluous Bohemian "gloss" and finesse. He has never stirved after grandious artistic forms, generalization or pathos. He seems to take in life by imprinted in his soul and memory separate fragments, which at the same time, make sense and harmony of the whole. Sensitive care to his own sentiments and moods, as well as an insistent desire to "grasp- and reflect them as precisely as possible, direct his creative skill and help to find appropriate means of expression. He works rather quickly. It seems sometimes as if the artist's intention is simultaneous to the process of painting. By dint of modification within a few tints, he attains expressive dimensional colour solutions. 73e artist pays a specific attention to pictorial accents-bright white patches of a paper or rich, "pouring douvs" lines of red and ochre. He uses big voluminous strokes for the main details and vastly modeled background which is integral, meaningful component of a picture, the media and mood of the depicted-something that is left out of shot, something kept unexpressed. The restrained character of his pictures reminds of the delicate nature of the painter. This delicacy springs from his experience in life: deep layers of inner links and regulations, all that is of great value and importance to the artist is hidden from a shallow mind but revealed to a shrewd and thoughtful observer.

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