Eduard Isabekyan’s contribution to Armenian art is hardly measurable. Starting his career during the Word War II Iskabekyan became one of the most noticeable and important painters of Soviet Armenia. His work evolved and changed a lot during whole his life and his legacy as an artist is still inspiring younger generations. Isabekyan is mostly known for his monumental historical paintings, dedicated to real and mythological events of Armenian history. These large canvases are praising the heroism of Armenian people and the beauty of Armenian nature. Isabekyan’s colour palette is inspired by French romanticists – colour here serves to the Idea, the intense, dynamic brushstrokes immortalize the hard struggle and the glorious deeds of our ancestors. Besides the monumental works, Isabekyan also painted various interesting moments of his life – one can find many portraits of his family and friends, astonishing Armenian landscapes and touching pictures of his lovely garden in Ashtarak. Isabekyan was adjusting his diverse style to the very subject matter of every one of his works, achieving unique expressiveness, energy and depth. Isabekyan’s paintings are above everything a sublime manifestation of life, hope and love towards his motherland. One can surely say that Eduard Isabekyan represented a whole era in Armenian painting.
Eduard Isabekyan was born on 8 November 1914 in Igdir, Western Armenia (now Turkey) and died on 17 August 2007. He was a member of Artists’ Union of Armenia since 1941 and the Head of the Painting Department at Artists’ Union of Armenia from 1954 to 1956. He worked at the Yerevan Academy of Fine Arts starting from 1945 and from 1967 to 1987 was the Director of the National Gallery of Armenia. Eduard Isabekyan’s works are exhibited in a separate hall allocated to his permanent exhibition in the National Gallery of Armenia, as well as in many other prestigious museums and private collections. “Eduard Isabekyan Art Gallery” was opened in Yerevan in 2013.
Personal exhibition (devoted to the 100-th anniversary of Eduard Isabekyan) National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan
Personal exhibition, Artists’ Union of Armenia, Yerevan
Personal exhibition, Central House of Artists , Moscow
Personal exhibition, Morocco
"Urartu Till Today" exhibition, Paris
Participated in exhibition in Montreal
Personal exhibitions in Georgia and Bulgaria
Personal exhibition dedicated to his 50th anniversary
First personal exhibition, Yerevan, Armenia
Exhibitions in Yerevan and Moscow
Exhibition in the "House of Red Army"
Exhibition of Young Armenian Artists