Artist, Sculptor, People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia
- ABOUT THE ARTIST
- ARTIST'S WORK
"I create the way I want, what I want and with what I want. I love the colour, the shape, the line, the volume, and the texture. I don't belong to any style, nature, or direction. Material variety and daily experimentation are my passion. I am happy since I am free in art." “For creating sincerely, the artist should live in his land: the motherland gives power and idea, it provides a considerable energy for creativity”.
He was born on September 5, 1952, in the city of Prokopevsk, Kemerovo region. Since 1967, he has settled permanently in Armenia (Vanadzor).
In 1969, he entered Yerevan's Panos Terlemezyan Academy of Fine Arts, and in 1972, Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts. In 1977, he graduated with honours from Yerevan Art and Theater Institute.
In 1976, he participated in the "Art of Armenia" exhibition in Iceland. In 1983, he had a solo exhibition at the House of Journalists of Armenia and participated in the days of Armenian culture organized in Holland as part of the country's delegation.
In 1984, he participated in the "Fine Arts of Armenia" exhibition organized in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In 1988, he became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.
In 1989, he participated in Switzerland's "Decorative and applied art of Armenia" exhibition.
In 1992, a solo exhibition at the House of Armenian Artists at the "De Montparnasse" gallery in Paris.
In 1993, at the invitation of the Minister of Culture of France, Jacques Toubon, he had a personal exhibition in Paris City Hall, charity exhibitions in Chicago and Boston, and Los Angeles.
In different years, Anatoli Avetyan also had solo exhibitions in Aleppo, Moscow, Cairo, Beirut, Knock-Zoud, Belgium, Rostov-on-Don, at the Uttergate Gallery in Washington, Chicago and Atlanta, in the National Gallery of Armenia (several times), in the Central House of Artists in Moscow, Vanadzor, Goris and elsewhere.
Accepted International Association of Artists, UNESCO.
In 2005, a solo exhibition of sculptures entitled "They have been waiting for you for millions of years".
In 2006, he lived and worked in New York.
In 2008, he was elected a member of the RA Union of Artists board.
In 2009, he was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia.
He was awarded the gold commemorative medal of Lori Marz, the "Grigor Narekatsi" commemorative medal of the RA Ministry of Culture, and the Ministry's certificate of honour.
2017 - Awarded the title of People's Artist of RA.
He is an honorary citizen of Vanadzor city.
The artist has individual exhibitions on his birthday anniversaries․
In 2018, he was awarded the "Best Artwork of the Year" award by the Union of Artists.
2021 - was awarded the "Vahan Tekeyan" prize of the Tekeyan Cultural Society of Armenia.
Anatoly Avetyan's works are preserved in the Museum of the Peoples of the East, Moscow, the National Gallery of Armenia, the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Fund of the Ministry of Culture, the Fine Arts Fund, the "ALMA" Museum in Boston, USA, S. Parajanov's House-Museum, RA Presidential Palace, Mother See in Holy Etchmiadzin, the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians, Paris City Hall, the Vatican - in the collection of the Pope.