Was born in 1932 in Yerevan. In 1965, he graduated
from the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theatre institute. He
has been a member of the Artists' Union of the USSR
since 1970. He has participated in exhibitions since
1957. One-man shows: 1983 and 1988-in Yerevan;
1986-in Mariupol, Donetsk (Ukraine); 1989-
Kathmandu (Nepal). His works are property of
museums of Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and private
collections in Armenia, England, USA, Germany, Japan.
Since 1977, he has been teaching drawing in the
Yerevan Institute of Arts. He has the rank of professor.
In spite of the fact that paintings of Vlndimir Sahakian are multitudinous both in
themes and genres, his creative work fascinates us first of all by its inner unity
and integrity. Vladimir Sahakian is gifted by nature with great talent for observation and sensibility to the present reality. Reducing the characteristic features of a model or nature to a common denominator, he tries to approximate them to that ideal of beauty which he cherishes in his own imagination. Realizing his version in allegoric form he follows nature, even in a drawing striving for lucid harmony, distinctive traits and gestures of the depicted images. His pictures have unusual texture.
The first layer of oil paint put on a canvas by thick sweeping strokes is covered by light
then dabs of transparent and translucent colors, through which is visible the roughness of the layer underneath. Paintings of the artist are distinguished by vivacity, rich and subtle coloring and obvious preference for golden and silver tones. To express the poetic nature of a woman as well as her sense of reality, Vladimir Sahakian applies to history and mythology. Regardless whether he depicts "his woman" as a proud
individual, chaste bather, bather lover or a happy mother, she always wears an aura of
enigmatic mistery, stipulated by antithesis between her earthly, bodily guise arid a kind
of archaic estrangement from the mundane. For all this the artist does not fall into
affectation or false pathos and, though his pictures have traces of decorativeness and, at
times, exaggerated sounding of a color, the smartness and decorativeness give way to
color elaboration and psychological saturation through which his creative singularity
has been displayed to the utmost.