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Lived/Active: Armenia      Known for: abstract painting, sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Arthur Sarkissian
1960 (Gyumri, Armenia)

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abstract painting, sculpture

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Born in 1960 in Gyumri, Armenia, Sarkissian attended the School of Fine Arts there in 1977, followed by the Armenian Pedagogical University (Drawing) in 1989.  He lives and works in Yerevan, Armenia.

Sarkissian embodies the sense of post-soviet freedom of expression in his art by deliberately embracing abstract art as an expression of creative liberation.  As he said in 2005, "my approach to painting developed from the desire to free myself from Socialist Realism."  His canvas works combine painting and silkscreen printing, incorporating text, photographs, signs, architectural images and extracts from other paintings, fusing oil paints with found ephemera, and could be described as a celebration of freedom of thought, feeling and expression.

His sculpture includes the work Closed Session, comprising a row of seven chairs of varying sizes, each standing on four lit lightbulbs; described by Sonia Balassanian, curator of the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA), as a "satirical reference to self-aggrandizing decision-makers"[

Solo Exhibitions:
2008 Modern Art Museum of Armenia
2006 First Floor Gallery. Yerevan, Armenia
2003 "MIND GAMES", First Floor Gallery. Yerevan, Armenia
1994 Bossen Cultural Center. Saarbrucken, Germany
1998 JNR Gallery. Yerevan, Armenia

Group Exhibitions:
2009-"Transitional Hypotheses" group exhibiton of Armenian-Japanese artists, ACCEA
2008-Undercurrent Shifts . Curated by Sonia Balassanian & David Kareyan
2007 – “Armenian Contemporary Art” Paris, France
2007 – “5 Armenian Artists”, Marcel, France
2007 - "Armenian Landscapes in Contemporary Art", Schweizerland
2006 – “Armenian Style” Akanat Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
2006 – “Art Without Borders” Havana Gallery, Oldenburg, Germany
2005 – Marie Pargas Art Gallery, USA
2005 – The Collection Of Viken Makhyan, AGBU Pasadena Center, USA
2005 – “Oil On Canvas” Academy gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
2005 – “Photo Plus” ACCEA , Yerevan, Armenia
2004 – “The Dynamics Of Abstract Art In Armenia” Akanat gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
2004-“Ackademy gallery” Festival of gallery’s, Yerevan.
2002-2003- William J. Bachman Gallery Beyond Icons Contemporary art in Armenia
2001- National Gallery of Armenia Exhibition devoted to the 1700 anniversary of Christianity in Armenia.
1999 "Windows to Armenia” Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois, US
1999 "With Many Voices", Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois, US
1998 "Inscription: Post-Factum", ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia
1997 "Dreams & Visions", Westin Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1996 "Armenian Money Mark", TAAK Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
1995 "Contemporary Art of Armenia"…80-95”Central House of Artist, Moscow, Russia
1992 "Armenian Post-Modernism", Moscow, Russia
1992 " Contemporary Armenian Artists", Gallery Vision, Kassel, Germany
1991 "Contemporary Art From Armenia", London, UK
1991 " New Academy Gallery", London, UK
1991 " New Tendencies in Art", Goyak Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
1989 "Art of the USSR: The Past 50 Years", Madrid, Spain

2007 Art contemporain d'Armenie. Paris
2007 5 Artistes Armeniens. Marseille, France
2007 Armenian Landscapes in Contemporary Art. Zurich
2006 Caroline Tufenkian presents Arthur Sarkissian
2006 Henrik Igityan Armenian palette new generation
2005 Galleria D’Arte Renessans Rinascimento
2003 Hidden Gallery Artbridge
2001 Vicki Hovanessian Contemporary Art presents Arthur Sarkissian
1995 Armenian Contemporary Art in 80-95. Moscow, Russia
1994 Armenian Contemporary Art. International Armenian Assemble. Moscow, Russia
1992 Armenian Contemporary Artists. Kassel, Germany
1990 USSR Art in Recent 50 years. Madrid, Spain

Public Collections
Modern Art Museum of Armenia.
Cultural Fund of USSR and the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Culture.
Various private collections in Armenia, USA, German, France, Holland, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, etc.

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