17′ 25″ X 12′ 25″ watercolor on paper
Arto Tchakmaktchian (born 26 June 1933) is a Canadian sculptor and painter of Egyptian birth. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, he began his professional studies at the age of 15 at the Art School of Panos Terlemezian. In 1962 he won first prize at the International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition in Prague for his sculpture Monument to the Victims of Hiroshima. The work was given by the USSR to the City of Hiroshima in 1964. In 1969 he was recipient of the Armenian Youth Union golden medal for his works Mother and Arno Babajanyan. In 1984 he won First Prize in the Wilfrid Pelletier Competition in Montreal for his bust of the competition’s namesake. The work is on permanent display in the entrance hall of Place des Arts in Montreal. His works have also been exhibited at notable museums internationally, including the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Arto Tchakmaktchian was born in Egypt in 1933. His father owned a bookstore and his grandfather was a sculptor. At the age of 12, the young Arto starts experimenting with clay, which would later help define the rest of his life.
In 1948, the Chakmakjian family moves to Soviet Armenia during the Great Repatriation, when almost 100,000 Armenians from around the world repatriated to Armenia. He immediately enrolls at the Terlemezian Art Institute where he studies sculpting and painting.
The aspiring artist went on to become a researcher at the Academy of Arts and Sciences while continually and consistently creating sculptures that won international recognition.
Arto Chakmakjian was one of the first Armenian artists to try and break through rigid ideological concepts of social realism and tried to introduce news styles in sculpting. For this reason, he was persecuted by Soviet authorities.
In 1975, the sculptor, heartbroken moves with his family to Montreal, Canada. He is now a member of the L’Academie des Beax Arts and has created many notable sculptures and received many awards for his creations.
Arto Tchakmakchian’s awards and acknowledgements include:
- 2004 “Order of Movses Khorenatsi”, Armenia
- 2009 “Letter of Recognition” by the Minister of Culture, Communications and Feminine Condition of Quebec Government
- 2009 Medal of “Naregatsi” by the University of California in Los Angeles
- 2015 Order of Honor, Armenia