BIOGRAPHY by Arshak Nazarian
Arshak Nazarian was born on November 9, 1961 in Yerevan, Armenia. He inherited his love for fine arts from his father, outstanding Armenian sculptor Suren Nazaryan. Desire to become an artist gradually deepens and becomes certain in young Arshak’s soul. He receives professional education in Yerevan, where he studies sculpting at “Terlemezyan” fine arts school from 1976 to 1980, and then at the State fine arts & theatre institute from 1980 to 1986. Being a student, he studies history of art and becomes acquainted with the existing streams in contemporary art. Meanwhile, Arshak develops into principle and free artist. In 1986, after his graduation, Arshak Nazarian participates in a series of exhibitions organized by the Union of Artists in the cities of Yerevan and Gyumri (Armenia), as well as in Moscow (Russia), Panevezhis (Lithuania), and Khartoum (Sudan). In 1987, a group of talented artists, followers of their own principles in fine art, create “3rd Floor” group. Arshak participates in art shows with “3rd Floor” group. During this period, Arshak’s artistic principles and style are being outlined and ascertained. In 1990, Arshak Nazarian becomes a member of the Union of Artists of USSR. As a member of the Artists Union he continues to participate in different art shows. Soon, Soviet Union collapses and the country ends up in a deep political/economical crisis and instability. In 1992, among many others, Arshak moves to USA. Difficult circumstances of the first years hinder him from creating new artworks. In 1994 Arshak gets married. Since then begins a period of progress and creative renaissance. The first works of American period come to attest that Arshak’s art has preserved its quality. He participates in several group shows in different art galleries in New Jersey, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, San Francisco (USA), Paris (France), Skopje (Macedonia), Helsinki (Finland), Belgrade (Serbia), Berlin (Germany), Moscow (Russia) and Medellin (Colombia). Arshak Nazarian’s works are in private collections, as well as in Museums of Modern Art, Yerevan (Armenia), and Medellin (Colombia), in the Museum of Ethnography of Armenia and in the State picture gallery of Vanadzor (Armenia). Arshak Nazarian resides and works in Glendale, California.
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.
Mkrtich Mazmanian (known as Mazmanian)
Mazmanian is one of Armenia’s best-known figurative sculptors. His spatial sculptures, in bronze and marble, have been described as ‘abstract yet contain realism’. They carry intellectual inertia by showing human ambition, cultivation, awakening, and evolution.
Mazmanian’s unique style of sculpting and perspective has been shaped by years of exposure to many cultures and artistic styles; although he has learned the most from nature and the human figure. In fact, most of Mazmanian’s work involves the human figure in all its beauty.
Mazmanian’s latest collection of sculptures is entitled “The Middle Eastern Woman.” Living in war-torn Lebanon, where refreshing artistic therapy was in dire need, inspired it. Here, in what became his new home, his new style featuring turning, bending, stretching women’s silhouettes emerged.
Mazmanian is also well known for his portrait sculptures. To date, he has completed over 100 portraits.
Mazmanian’s work as stage designer and a graphic artist have also garnered him acclaim. His drawings have been featured in publications in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. He has taught sculpting, drawing, and painting to several artists who went on to become established figures in the art world.
He has been commissioned to create famous monumental art pieces across the former Soviet space, from Russia, Estonia, and Ukraine to Latvia, Moldova, and Armenia. He has held exhibitions across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Russia. In 2014, one of his sculptures was auctioned in Paris.
Mazmanian attended his first art class at the Gyumri Art School in Armenia when he was 7. He went on to build his artistic skills at two of the most prestigious art institutions in Armenia, the Mercurov Art School and the Terlemezian Art College. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with specialization in sculpting from Terlemezian, he continued his training in Tallinn, Estonia, from 1965 to 1972. There he obtained a Masters degree in Art/sculpting from the National Higher Art Institute, where he received the “Best Student” award for his creativity. In 1985, Mazmanian was honored with “The Republic of Armenia’s Medal” for his major contribution to art in the country.
Mazmanian settled in Beirut in 1991. Currently, he lives and works in both Beirut and Armenia. He is a member of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Armenia (since 1979) as well as the International Association of Art, UNESCO (since 1990).
Nairi Safaryan’s uncanny eye for beauty, never failing imagination, limitless patience and innate artistry have catapulted this Armenian woodcarver and sculptor onto the fine arts stage, where his masterful works are exhibited in many museums and private collections around the world. Each stunning piece is carved to the limits of the wood’s capacity by combining technical knowledge with artistic talent. Digging several layers deep, Nairi Safaryan’s expert hands achieve extraordinary levels of refinement that allow delicate leaves and petals to be paper thin, and fine tendril feather light and sinewy.