Artist Focus: Atom Hovhanesyan
A closer look at the artwork of Atom Hovhanesyan
Atom Hovhanesyan was born in Armenia on August 19, 1981. In 1997, just as Hovhanesyan graduated from high school, his family received final embassy approval for immigration to the United States. That same year he enrolled at New York University to study English. In 1998, Hovhanesyan was accepted at St. John’s University where he studied economics while continuing to work in the restaurant industry. He quickly moved into management positions in both the New York and Los Angeles restaurant market. After experiencing personal and professional disappointment, he relocated from Los Angeles to New York in 2009 and began painting—the passion of his youth. A turning point was visiting Kandinsky’s art exhibition at The Met with his mother.
Madonna, pen on paper, 31 x 23"
Woman 4, oil on canvas, 48 x 30"
Fall Landscape With Two Trees, oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
From that day on, his entire life was dedicated to art. A conscientious and methodical autodidact, he busied himself with the study of anatomy, perspective, effects of light, color theory, art history, and the works of the Old Masters as well as the modern masters. From 2013 to 2017, Hovhanesyan studied at the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design. A faithful and respectful learner, he loved the traditional choice of medium and ground his own colors. Through his unwavering dedication to art, sometimes working 72 hours nonstop, he created and developed a unique post-divisionism style and technique, working in oils and ink. He created over 250 pieces of art before losing his battle with depression in May of 2018. He was 36 years old. —
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