Arthur Hovhannisyan was born in 1984. July 8, in Yerevan. 2001 Graduate of Terlemezyan State College of Fine Arts department of Painting. 2007 Graduate of State Academy of Fine Art’s of Armenia department of Painting. From 2010 P.H.D. in Art History, Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, Yerevan, Armenia. Lecturer in State Academy of Fine Art’s of Armenia since 2010. Since 2007, he is a member of the Union of Artists of Armenia. From 2006 Arthur Hovhannisyan a Laureate of State Prize of the President of Republi c of Armenia.
The artist has participated in a number of republican, international and personal exhibitions in Yerevan, Paris, Venice, Bari, Moscow, Boston, New York, Singapour, London, Kiev, Istanbul, Beirut, Astana, Tbilisi, Andorra etc. The works are in different exhibitions, as well as in many personal collections.
2001 - Graduate of Terlemezyan State College of Fine Arts
2007 - Graduate of State Academy of Fine Art’s of Armenia
2006 - Laureate of State Prize of the President of Republi c of Armenia
Member of Artists’ Union of Armenia since 2007.
2010 – P.H.D. in Art History, Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, Yerevan (Armenia)
Lecturer in State Academy of Fine Art’s of Armenia since 2010
1997 – Aesthetic Museum of Armenia. Yerevan, Armenia
2004 – “Aims of Development of the Millennium” at the UN Representation Office in Yerevan. Armenia
2014 – “Land in harmony”. Armenian Museum of America. Boston, USA
2014 - Joseph Moakley Courthouse. Boston, USA
2017 - Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia
2018 –Akian Gallery. American University of Armenia. Yerevan, Armenia
2006 – Exhibition at the centre of Contemporary Experimental Art. Yerevan. Armenia
2007 – “Salon 2007” at Central House of Artists in Moscow. Russia
2007 – “Second Forum of Creative and Scientific Intellectuals of countries of CIS. Exhibition “Art of the Nation”. Palace of Peace and Solidarity. Astana, Kazakhstan
2009 – A participant of the 6-th international games of Francophonie. Exhibition in UNESCO palace. Beirut, Lebanon.
2009 – 53-rd Venetian International Biennale. Venice, Italy
2010 – “Contemporary Armenian Art” New York, USA
2010 – Exhibition of the Laureates of the President’s State Prize in Fine Arts 2001-2010. Participant and curator of the project. Artist’s Union of Armenia. Yerevan. Armenia
2011 – Sixth Forum of Creative and Scientific Intellectuals of countries of CIS. Exhibition “Kiev with eyes of young artists from CIS”. Kiev, Ukrain
2012 Grand Opening of a New Art Center of Arame Art Gallery. Yerevan, Armenia
2012 – “Exhibition dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Shushi” Artist’s Union of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
2012 – Exhibition. “Symphony of Colors” by Arame Art Gallery. Beirut, Lebanon
2012 – “Selected Artists. New generation.New talents ” by Arame Art Gallery. Yerevan, Armenia
2012 – Art Fair “Contemporary Istanbul” Project/Armenian Art. Istanbul
2013 – Exhibition “Art United the Continent”. Artist’s Union of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
2015 - Exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide. Artist’s Union of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
2015 - Exhibition dedicated to 70th anniversary of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts. Artist’s Union of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
2016 – “Enchanted Reality” by Arame Art Gallery. Beirut, Lebanon
2016 – BIBART Biennale. Bari, Italy. Prizes “Critic's Prize” and “People's Prize”
2017 – Exhibition “Library of Colors”. GNM, National Gallery of Tbilisi. Tbilisi, Georgia
2017 – Exhibition “Colors for the Planet” UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Paris, France
2018 '' A unique art show dedicated to 15th anniversary of the foundation of Arame Art Gallery Yerevan, Armenia
2018 – “Armenia Art Fair 2018” Project/The Figure:Presence and absence. Yerevan, Armenia
2018 - International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Armenia 2018 (ICAE2018). Artist’s Union of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
2018 – ''Reality of Bliss'' by Arame Art Gallery. Beiruit , Lebanon
2018 – “Contemporary Armenian Art” National Museum of Belarus
2018 – “Francophonie and Armenian artists” Participant and curator of the project. History museum of Armenia
2019 – “Armenian Fine Art” by Arame Art Gallery. Ahmad Al Adawani hall- Abdalla Al Salem area. Kuwait City
2019 – “Dissemination of Silk Road” International exhibition. Nantong, China
2019 – “Three Armenian artists” UK, England
2019 – “Armenia Art Fair 2019” Project / From an Idea to Realisation. Yerevan, Armenia
2020 – “Spring Salon 2020”. Artist’s Union of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
2020 –“Three Armenian artists” Beijing, China
The artwork as a substance and shape is an expression of some posture therefore it should be observed and arranged according to the conditions that give birth to it. And the latters in their turn are the consequences of individual and reality. This is the case that makes it necessary to observe the art as an interrelation of the artist with the lived reality. Arthur Hovhannisyan’s art is so polyhedral and comprehensive, that it is impossible to observe it only from one side. It is important to value the artist’s stable and not disguised inclination towards the heritage of the past, to pierce through the emotional nature of the artist’s creation, to understand how the lyricism and dramatic expressiveness are individually correlated in it. Hovhannisyan’s most significant creations should be observed from different positions, because the artist’s talent and competence are gathered in them, in which his preferences are disclosed.
Arthur Hovhannisyan reflects various emotional experiences, thoughts, the embodiment of which is usually realized through the characters of women. These characters bewitch by their sensitivity expressed by slightly bent heads, slender outline of waist lines, smooth and unhurried movements, which once commenced, stock- still in time. For the painter the person’s pose, the head movement have programmatic meaning, becoming the peculiar plastic equivalent of concept and emotional state. The imaginary scenes created by Hovhannisyan expand in special time and spatial register as if being eternal characters or spectrums colored in lines which are out of time. His painted women usually turn into symbols, behind the visible matter develops an inner, deeper and hidden sense. The artistic form, century, to which the painter has directed his steps, have become symbols. The heritage of the past becomes more significant, when it acts as living and sustainable heritage and in which the cordiality towards the painter’s art is clearly outlined. Like any system of great vitality, the language of his painting has its traits of heredity, changeability, stability and mobility, by which it plays the communicative role. The strength of the artist is in the strong succession of traditions and it is the logical continuation of considerable cooperation, the right of being there has the one who brings his own word, vivid and original. That connection in Hovhannisyan’s creations is expressed in uppermost way as creative thinking, world outlook, inner world, display and representation of individuality. Such peculiarities of principle are more noticeable in «Spring dance» and «Awakening» works created in 2011. Arthur collects connotative comparisons from the absolute musical origin and combines with his already formed creative thinking. These are the seekings which open new ways full of possibilities and create new signs by expressing in the paintings the concerns and strivings, that fill his soul.
The peculiarities born from the national character are vividly seen in the sensuous depths of Arthur Hovhannisyan’s works, in the inner layers of concepts and contents. In the painting “Dance” softly outlined female figures suggest the national, pensive, felicitous description of harmonious rhythm. The gradual progression of the torsions and lines of their bodies convey perfect musical sonority to the emotional frame of the painting. The volumes seem to vibrate in the colors of the canvas, in the space between the spectator and the painting, between two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces. Color is the essential impulse of the painter’s works, colors create controversy and debates, otherwise, the characters will not suggest dialogues. A color stain contains the value of physical existence, the stroke of the brush serves for creating the volumes and revealing the pictorial contents. The dramatic shape in the image together with the mystic silence spreads deep sadness on the women. There are no crying feelings and thrilling tales here, everything is happening inwards, in a low voice, in the depth of the image, on clean and clear lines. The drama is not showy; it is somehow secret, discreet, as a smooth song. The female characters created by Arthur Hovhannisyan in numerous variants and minor changes are shown to the spectators through red, blue, green and brown colors. The artist usually goes back to the same topic making clear its emotional structure and harmony. The same story is repeated in different and extra particularities, interpersonal emotion.
It seems possible effortless to talk about what you have seen, nevertheless it is not given to everyone to feel it in the level of excitement.
The calm but touching and inspiring brush of Arthur Hovhannisian leads within the vulnerable paths of human nature and each time a new wave of thoughts appears which initiates to reveal new answers and approaches. Artist’s paintings reveal opportunities to touch his own Self, to experience what has been seen and even they encourage to approach philosophically to each painting.
Outwardly, the painting is silent however in every image you can hear the noise of action, the whispers of people breathing even the sound of invisible wind blowing. Each work of art is a story of a destiny, never-ending process of life which enriches the artist’s canvas. We forget what we have heard, what we have seen... in our thoughts the moments we have lived disappear, even memories disappear but never what we have felt. Arthur’s paintings are wholly inspired with feelings, motion, voice, speech..., life.
Just have a glance at the paintings and you will feel the intensity of feelings which is the accumulation of universally familiar emotions.
It is that easy to find yourself in Arthur’s paintings, that native and non-forcing. Smooth condensation of colors, dynamic motion of the moment, nature of the character, familiar feelings and - the most essential - non-limited and non-definable tranquility which penetrates into the depths of human soul through the tangible noise of the scene.