Artist, Artist of Merit of the Republic of Armenia
- ABOUT THE ARTIST
- ARTIST'S WORK
“While looking at Shmavonyan’s ” paintings, one can see the reflection of Impressionism and Marc Chagall as well. He creates his style using bright palette colours and magical brush strokes, which depict recognizable themes. Among the main topics, he depicts are themes related to the motherland landscape, national festivities, and folk dances in traditional costumes. Shmavonyan is apparently in love with his palette and creates on several canvases at the same time. He is convinced that his painting technique will become popular and accepted. In his artistic trajectory, Shmavonyan is Saryan’s follower”.
Shmavon Shmavonyan was born in 1953 in Verin Artashat village in the Ararat region, Armenia. He derives from Ter-Shmavonyan’s family, who migrated to Armenia from Khoy and Salmast Provinces of Western Armenia in 1828 after the Turkmenchay Treaty was signed.
He has been painting since he was seven years old. Between 1971 and 1975, he studied at Panos Terlemezian Art College.
Shmavonyan’s canvas “Eternity”, dedicated to the families of Los Angeles firefighters and police officers who died on September 11, 2001, is now at the City Hall of Glendale, Los Angeles. His canvases can also be seen at the US Senate, and his painting “North” is at the Memorial Hospital in Glendale.
In 2011, the International Academy for consultancy, next to the UN Economic and Social Council in Montreal, Canada, awarded Shmavonyan the title of Honorary Member of the Academy.
In 2014, within the framework of the events dedicated to Machtumkuli Fragi, the Armenian delegation presented Turkmenistan with Shmavonyan’s canvas “Flight of Celestial Horse”.
The Painter has had solo exhibitions in Abu-Dhabi, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Istanbul, France, Beirut, England, Kuwait, and the USA.
He has received a considerable number of awards: Fridtjof Nansen golden medal (2007), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia golden medal (2000), the title of the Artist of Merit of the Republic of Armenia (2011), “Saint Mesrop Mashtots” medal, Yerevan Mayor’s golden medal (2016), the Certificate of Honour of the Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles (2017).