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 though
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