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Born in 1926 in Jerusalem, Paul Guiragossian, a modernist painter of
abstract figurative and still life subjects, spent his early childhood
in boarding schools because his mother was a single parent. Then
after moving back home with his mother, he had to work in the summers
to support his family. During this period, he was developing his
obvious talent and passion for painting.
"His mother would destroy and throw his works and forbid him from
painting, because she use to say, art won't feed your family, but after
everyone went to bed, Paul would bring out his hidden materials and
with a dim oil lamp light continue painting."
In 1942, he enrolled in the Studio Yarkon in Jerusalem to study
painting. In 1953, after moving to Lebanon, he married Juliette
Hindian a young painter who first was his student. The had five
children, and one of them, Jean-Paul, became an artist.
In 1956, he won the first prize of the Italian Biennial, which led him
to a scholarship to study at the Academia di Belle Arti di Firenze, The
Academy of Fine Arts of Florence.
From 1961 to 1962, he studied in Paris on a scholarship from the French
government, and then he returned to Lebonon. From 1989 to 1991,
he again lived in Paris and painted some of his largest masterpieces
for his solo art show in 1992 at the Institute du Monde Arab.
Paul Guiragossian died on November 20th, 1993 in Beirut, "after
finalizing a magnificiant oil painting which he revealed to his family
to be his best work yet" and which remains in the Family Collection.
Of this work, he said: "I finally accomplished what I always hoped for, bringing the old and the new in one painting.”
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