RAFFI TOKATLIAN

Raffi Tokatlian

Biography

Biography

Tokatlian was born in Beirut on 17th October 1957. His childhood was marked by his grandfather’s stories, the only family member to have survived the Armenian genocide of 1915. His father was the one who initiated him into the art world. Grandfather, father and son often drew and painted together. In 1981 Raffi came to Paris and spent two years at the Ecole des Beaux Arts combining drawing to sculpture and interior design. On a trip to Egypt Raffi discovers Pharaonic sculptures that turned out to be a major inspiration for him. 1984 – Return to Lebanon, where Raffi founded a company of more than twenty artists for mural painting and trompe l’oeil arts. Since 2000 Tokatlian has created more than 60 sculptures in his studio in Beirut. 2008 – Opening of his own gallery “Knowledge of Arts” in Beirut as a permanent exhibition of his works. The same year, Tokatlian’s sculpture “Liberation of the Spirit”, a symbol of the marathon, is selected to be exposed at the Marathon Museum in Athens, Greece, in the presence of the Greek President and the mayor of the city. Exhibitions: 2007 – Soho, Down Town, New York, USA, 2008 – AFP Galleries, New York, 595 Madison Avenue, 2008 – Harvest Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 2009 – Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, Italy, 2009 – Art International Zurich, Kongresshaus, Switzerland