“I am curious – both as an artist and as a person” – thus Karen Movsisyan describes himself. The curiosity is an important quality for an artist, for whom creating became the only possible lifestyle. The Yerevan-based artist believes that the roots of creativity are hidden in everyday life and thus he seeks the sources of his inspiration in the world around him. However, in the very heart of Movsisyan’s aesthetics lies the traditional art – prehistoric cave painting, folk carpets and mosaics. Movsisyan’s vivid decorative canvases are full of ancient symbols and many subtle references to mythologies of different nations. One can find various solar signs, ancient birds and animals, stylized human figures – all of them united in complex compositions. Another thing typical for Movsisyan’s art is the generous usage of decorative geometrical ornament borrowed from ancient Armenian petroglyphs. Movsisyan’s style is greatly influenced by modernist artists of 20th century – his colour palette holds a tribute to expressionist and abstract painting. Although the artist stays faithful to his manner, he successfully avoids self-repeating by constantly inventing new forms and telling new stories. Movsisyan’s art is an outstanding example of Armenian contemporary primitivism.
Karen Movsisyan was born in 1979 in Yerevan, Armenia. He’s a participant of numerous exhibitions, such as Republic Exhibition of Portraits, and Republic Exhibition of Graphics at the Artists' Union of Armenia. Karen Movsisyan has also participated in ‘Baze Artist’ and Graffiti competitions in Armenia. He’s a graduate of the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts and the Panos Terlemezyan College of Fine Arts.