Vahagn Ghukasyan is an Armenian artist from Gyumri, who stands out for his experimentation with mixing the abstract and realistic painting. The artist points out that the process of painting has two important stages, which are studying and performing. In the stage of studying artist gazes at his surrounding, his teacher is the nature. At the stage of performing the work of art he turns to conceptualizing his vision and brings the final result to a blank canvas in his studio. Ghukasyan major two series respectively entitled Flowers and Shadows are an impressive example of his approach. One can truly see, how the shadows of branches on a stone wall are being transformed into decorative linear shapes, yet the first impression the artist got from observing nature is still clearly recognizable. Ghukasyan’s graphical style with emphasized contrasts and flattened composition resembles Japanese prints. The artists balances on the thin line between the abstract and the figurative. The Flowers, on the other hand, are an example of masterful colour-work. In Ghukasyan’s own words, painting feels like breathing. Perhaps that’s the reason his art often feels like a breath of fresh air.
Vahagn Ghukasyan was born in 1987 in Gyumri, Armenia. He’s a member of the Artists’ Union of Armenia since 2010. Lecturer at Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts’ Gyumri satellite since 2010. He’s a director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Gyumri since 2011. Director of the Gallery of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan Sisters since 2015. Vahagn Ghukasyan is a winner of the first prize of the Presidential Youth Award (2010) and the first prize of “Don't Shut My Mouth” poster contest (2012). He’s a graduate of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts Gyumri satellite.
First prize of “2010 Presidential Youth Award”
First prize of “Don't Shut My Mouth” poster contest
International Painting Biennale, Chisinau (Republic of Moldova)
“Changes of Shadows”, Marriot Hotel,Yerevan (Armenia)
“Changes of Shadows”, Style Gallery, Gyumri (Armenia)
“Qesap of Our Hearts”, Matossian Gallery, Beirut (Lebanon)
“Shadows of Nature”, Akanat Gallery, Yerevan (Armenia)
“Inspiration from Gyumri”, Beirut (Lebanon)
“The 8th International Biennale”, Gyumri (Armenia)
“Kids of Floral Colors”, Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan (Armenia)
“International Painting Symposium”, Mogilev (Belarus)
"12th Alternative Art Festival”, Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan (Armenia)
“Art for Dialogue”, Tbilisi (Georgia)
“Mozart's 250th Anniversary Exhibition”, Vienna (Austria)