Was born in 1932 in Gyumri (Leninalzan). In 1960,
he graduated from the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theatre
Institute. He has been a member of the Artists' Union
of the USSR since 1962. He has participated in
exhibitions since 1961. One-man shows: 1984-in
Gymri, 1986- and 1988-in Yerevan. His pictures are
property of museums of Armenia, Russia, Ukraine,
Estonia and private collections in Armenia, USA,
Japan, Hungary, Czechia, Syria, Canada, Lebanon.
Since 1964, he has been teaching painting and
composition in the Yerevan Institute of Arts. He has
the rank of professor and is knows as t1ae People's
artist of Armenia.
Consistent advocate of the principles of realism, Masis Grigorian has lately developed and deepened the stylistic individuality of his artistic language in order to achieve a special finesse and lyricism, composition and tonal purity.
His compositions, constructed with an amazing simplicity and clarity, manifest the skillful hand of a master. By using dense bright colors, the painter creates the volume of figures and objects. Plasticity is accompanied by subtle tints, soft chiaroscuro, various color grounds and a sense of distance. His pictures are free of pretentiously picturesque compositions or contrasting color combinations. They depict a peaceful range of mountains, the serene sky with white clouds, a fragrant freshness of a bouquet covered with dew drops, a temptingly ripe looking pomegranate or a lonely silhouette of a woman, deep in thought. The longer you look at his pictures, the clearer the music of his images sounds. Emotionalism and psychologism of the painter are directed to that field of entity, where lyrical aspects of life seem to be the least deniable.
By means of painting the artist reflects his world outlook and keen desire to improve the existing reality, and he tries to realize the role of his own participation in the turns of life. This sense of personal responsibility and inclination to be socially useful have been incarnated in all the paintings of Masis Grigorian.