Arpiné Shakhbandaryan was born in Abovyan, Armenia. She and her family emigrated to the US in 1991 and currently reside in Glendale, California.
Arpiné attended the Atanian Art Center: School of Fine Art & Design. There, she studied under the guidance of world renowned artist and professor Vladimir Atanian.
Arpiné graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Biology and a minor degree in Fine Arts. Immediately afterwards she held her first solo exhibition at St. Peters Armenian Church and Youth Ministries with the generous support and guidance of Father Vazken Movsesian.
Since then Arpiné has maintained an active career in the arts with her most recent exhibition being held at the Brand Library Galleries in Glendale.
Larisa Safaryan’s unique carvings on egg shells are her subtle but direct expression of the joy, energy and emotionality that she carries inside her. Larisa has never attended an art class, but her fingers and creative imagination are everything she ever needed to create art which is like nothing that exists at this time. Her carvings are delicate but intense, elaborate yet simple, harmonious and elegant. Each carving is truly one of a kind. The spirit of innovation and excitement is at the heart of all that Larisa Safaryan creates. The love, passion and though that goes into each of her carvings is truly inspirational. Some people only dream of beauty, Larisa creates it.