1973 Born in Yerevan, Armenia
1990 Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts
2003 Member of Artists’ Union of Armenia
2013 Management board Member of Artists’ Union of Armenia
2004 Group exhibition in UN, Yerevan, Armenia
2010 “Shorja – Back Glance to the Future” dedicated to the 35th anniversary of “Shorzha” Artists’ Resort House, Yerevan, Armenia
2014 “Armenian Cultural Days” , National Gallery of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
2015 Group exhibition dedicated to 70th anniversary of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, Yerevan , Armenia
2015 “Hi-Art” group exhibition dedicated to 60th anniversary of Haykazyan University, Lebanon, Beirut
Since 1998 Roman Babakhanian’s artworks are displayed in numerous youth and local group exhibitions.
Roman Babakhanian’s still-lifes transcend realism. He depicts everyday objects with an emotion and sensuality that makes them seem animated on the canvas, and his multi-dimensional compositions reveal new secrets at each viewing. A realistic expression of materials and plasticity are important. A great love for the paint is exhibited in the beautiful skin of the paintings, to which he pays a lot of attention. In Roman Babakhanian’s artworks the subject leaves its material conditions and comes to life through light. He explores pure painterly technique, its textures and esthetic pleasures, without giving the work a secondary, time-related meaning.
The mixture tones of ochre and blue-green are the main colors of his paintings. The painter’s still-lifes are full of color, light, plus fresh and glowing fruits and vegetables, the tactile effects of utensil and the possibilities between variations of deep, mysterious backgrounds (’’Still-life with Eggs’’, ’’White cup and Walnut’’). By modeling the rough-skinned red plums with hints of yellow in his artwork ’’Plums’’, he suggests the fruit’s protuberance and weight. The arrangement of the green leaves creates a rhythm of light and shadow.
Roman Babakhanian’s artworks are built on centuries old foundations, yet very much conveys a sense of this century with a contemporary edge of freshness and clarity.
Roman Babakhanian’s paintings are photorealistic. In his artworks the objects are presented from such an angle, that they seen monumental to the watcher. This, in its turn, makes interesting the visual perception of the images. Roman places the objects and fruit in the centre of the composition and depicts them flawlessly, choosing the colors in a way that endows the painted objects with special mystery, making them the main idea of the artwork. Whether a stone, a plum or another thing is painted, in Roman’s works it always appears to be something more than we are used to conceiving in our daily life. The colors and the transitions of light sacralize even more the images.
Trying to describe Roman’s paintings I feel them similar to a theatrical performance, when at the end of the play each character comes forward and takes a bow on the stage under a special lighting. What remains to us is to wait for the creation of a new character. I wonder what object will attract the attention of the artist next time.