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Levon Tokmajyan

Levon Tokmajyan

Sculptor, People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia


“My sculptures are like my children whom I miss from time to time.”

“In working with all sorts of materials, the absolute priority should be attributed to expressiveness and emotionality.”

Levon Tokmajyan

“For sculptor Levon Tokmajyan, the choice of the material to work with is similar to the choice of an actor by a director. His top priority is seeing a character in the stone, and the rest is a matter of skills he has perfectly mastered. He is a great master of stone.”

Poet Hamo Sahyan

“In Tokmajyan’s works of art, we can see the tapping flow of the blood of his time. Therefore, my hopes are high concerning his works.”

People’s Artist of the USSR, sculptor Yervand Kochar

“Levon Tokmajyan has sculpted me as he would have created Napoleon’s sculpture. So, I am utterly satisfied... ”

French-Armenian Artist Garzu

“Marble is a fragile material. However, Tokmajyan’s touch makes it solid and unyielding. The sculptures made of marble are lyrical, but Tokmajyan’s touch makes them stout and tormenting.”

Poet, publicist Vahagn Davtyan

“Levon Tokmajyan’s sculptures – especially his marble portraits – grip you from the viewers’ collar and make them have a long look at them, anticipating the contemplation of the beauty and meditation.”

Spanish sculptor Pablo Serrano 

Levon Tokmajyan was born on June16, 1937, in Yerevan. From 1952 to 1957, he studied at Terlemezian Fine Art College, from 1975 to 1963 – at Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts and Theatre, and between 1963 and 1975 – at Yerevan State Conservatoire named after Komitas. He sang in the Armenian State Choir.

Since 1969, he has been a member of the Armenian Artists’ Union. He has also been a member of the Euroasian Fine Art Academy (membership conceded in 1998 in Bishkek), and since 2008, he has been a lecturer and professor of the Chair of Drawing, painting and sculpture at the Armenian National Academy of Architecture and Construction.

He is also a full member of the Eurasian Intercontinental, International Academy of Fine Arts.
In 2010, he took part in the world biennale held in Argentina, and in 2008, 2009 and 2010, he participated in the International Symposium of Sculpture organized in Penza.

In 2010, for his works of art created for Echmiadzin and his overall artistic merits, he received the title of the honorary citizen of Echmiadzin and the “Vahan Tekeyan” award.
The sculptor’s works are spread worldwide – in different cities around Armenia and in different places worldwide. 
“Anush and Saro” (1973, basalt, Ajapniak district in Yerevan)
“Flying cranes” (1976, marble, Prilep, former Yugoslavia. This work received the first prize at the “Marble-76” international contest)
“Dante and Virgil” (1982, marble, Ravenna, Dante Museum, received a golden medal)
“Mashtots and Koryun” (1983, basalt, Echmiadzin)
“The Knitting Woman” (1984, marble, Tbilisi, earned the Grand Prix of the 1st Fine-art Biennale of Transcaucasia)
“Martiros Saryan” (1985, bronze, Rostov-on-Don)
“Martiros Saryan” (1986, marble, Yerevan)
“Aram Khachaturyan” (1986, bronze, bust, Marseille Conservatoire Hall, 1989, bronze, Moscow)
“Cranes” (1988, marble, Buenos Aires)
“Vahan Tekeyan” (1990, at the school that is named after the writer)
“Avo” (“Monte Melkonian”, 1994, town of Martuni, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic)
“Leonid Yengibaryan” (1995, bronze, Yerevan)
“Flower-selling old man” sculpture (1995, bronze, Yerevan)
“Noah Patriarch” (2000, marble, Yerevan)
“Tigran the Great” (2000, marble, Yerevan)
“Argishti King’s statue” (2002, tuff, basalt, Yerevan)
“Tigran the Great” (2004, pink marble, granite, Yerevan)
“Harutyun Shmavonyan” (2005, marble, Kolkata)
Jubran Khali Jubran’s bust (2005, pink marble, Yerevan)
“Alert” - a basalt memorial dedicated to the group of 12 Armenian intellectuals who were victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 (2011, Echmiadzin)

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