(1912 - 2004)
Jirayr Hamparzoom Zorthian was active/lived in California, Connecticut / Turkey. Jirayr Zorthian is known for mural, modern genre, illustration, craftsman.
Photo by Leon Izmirlian
Biography Jirayr Zorthian
The following is from the artist, August 2002:
Jirayr Hamparzoom Zorthian was born April 14, 1911 in Kutahya, Turkey, of Armenian parents. At the age of three, he showed considerable talent in painting and his drawings and paintings are on record from that time on.
He went through two Turkish massacres before age eight. He left Turkey at age nine with his family and spent a year in Padua, Italy, waiting for his visa to open to the United States. This period was very important in his life because his father took him to many cities in Europe and exposed him to great works of art. He arrived in this country at age eleven in New Haven, Connecticut where he obtained his formal education. After graduating from Yale University, the W
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