Page 4,The Armenian Observer,December 15,1999

Armen Daneghyan to Make his Manuscript Art American Debut

GLENDALE- Manuscript artist Armen Daneghyan makes his American premiere,showcasing his manuscript artwork Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19, from 4:00-10:00p.m at the Armenian Society of Los Angeles Center,221 South Brand Boulevard,Glendale. Born in Yerevan,Armenia,1967,Daneghyan’s education has focused on manuscript art from an early age. He studied Graphics Design at the Youth Aesthetic Center for four years.From 1984-86, Daneghyan furthered his studies of manuscript art,taking coursework at both the Matenadaran and St. Etchmiadzin. His first exhibit was sponsored by the Araratian Diocese in Yerevan, followed by numerous exhibitions featuring him along with several other up and coming young artists receiving recognition in Yerevan. In 1998,his work was showcased in the Armenia Consulate office of San Paolo, Brazil, where the art is now housed for the viewing pleasure of dignitaries and attendees of the Consulate office. Currently the artist continues to exhibit his work throughout Armenia, and is in attempts to bring his art, which embodies a significant historic root of our culture, to the diasporan community. This event is sponsored and made by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Church of the Western Diocese in association with the Armenian Society of Los Angeles.
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TV CHANNEL N18, 2001

The thinkings of the miniature artist

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We use to think that if we talk about miniature, it must be the copy of medieval miniature. But the miniature artist Armen Daneghyan changed that attitude and created a new branch of art, called modern miniature.

-At first, I was painting copies of famous miniature works. It developed my professional skills. My artworks were in relegious themes. I was painting them on wood and paper. But then I was bored. And I began to create artworks in modern themes.

-In medieval Armenian monuscripts there are many armenian miniature artworks, but the ?Bible of Etchmiadzin? is different from the others.

-Its surprising but that Bible, which was created 1000 years ago, is still very beautiful and any of the colors is not dull. I mostly like the Armenian miniature of 12-13th centuries, which leading color is red, although I prefer cold and calm colours. This color is also named ?Vordan Karmir?. I mostly like the movement and the dramatism of expression in the artworks of Toros Roslin. Of course, the other medieval miniature artist Sargis Pitsak is also one of my favourites, but his colours differ from Toros Roslin’s colours. Under the influence of the artworks of these miniature artists, I have created a new cycle, named ?Apokalypse?.

-We all know that the medieval artists have saved some rules in their artworks. Do you also follow those rules?

-Of course, every detail has its meaning. In the artwork ?Annonciation? the angel must stand in left, and the Virgo Maria-in the right. In the other works the Judas is painted half-faced, which is his main difference from other apostles. I remember how a woman asked me a question about ?The Crucifixion? during one of my exhibitions in Los-Angeles. She mostly wanted to know why there is a scull under the cross. She thought it would be better to paint a flower or some other element instead it. I explained her that this symbol has a meaning and expresses the human sins, which began in the days of Adam. The woman was so impressed that decided to buy that artwork.

-Do you feel sorry to sell your artworks?

-Of course, each of the artworks takes some energy and time from my life. And when the artwork is ready, I accept it as one of my children. But I have to sell them, because I must feed my family.

-What do art critics, professionals and clergymen think about your art?

-Of course, the artists and critics give high marks to the master skills and colors. And the clergymen mark the content and idea. After watching the cycle ?Apokalypse?, a clergyman asked me after some thoughts, wheather I am not horrified. I answered that I feel responsibility for each detail. I read each part of the ?BIBLE? from 20 to 30 times to imagine the description directly. After it I begin to paint.

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Afisha N.1,January,2005

BY THE LANGUAGE OF MINIATURE

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The begining was Toros Roslin. The medieval miniture was attracting the artist for many years. Armen Daneghyan recognizes that has always wanted to speak with the artist, who lived in the 13th century. He began to learn the Bible in details, which helped the artist to understand all the symbols in old manuscripts. Later, when he created his own style and was able to express his own thoughts, some excellent artworks were created, like ?The dream of St. Grigor The Enlighter?, the cycle of Apocalypse, which includes 7 artworks, etc. The artist is fond of cold and calm colors and uses them in his artworks. Later he changes the theme of his artworks and begins to paint in pathriotic, philosophical and other themes. Armen Daneghyan has created a cycle about the European classical culture. Some artworks of this cycle are ?Beethoven?, ?Nicolo Paganini?, ?The look of Shakespeare?, etc. During our talk, the artist informed me, that this spring, in April, he will have a peronal exhibition in Strasbourg. The organizer of the exhibition is The Council of Europe. ?This exhibition is a huge responsibility for me? , told the artist, as he is going to represent his art to the European audience. We would like to note, that in the days of the exhibition, the spring meeting of the Council of Europe will begin.

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 Armenian Art,N. 1, 2005

The Armenian artist will have an exhibition in the Council of Europe

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We talked with the miniature artist Armen Daneghyan during his work. He apologized us and told that he works only under natural light, and especially in winter each minute of the day-time is important for him. This artwork, which is named ?Aram Khachatryan? , he began to paint 15 days before and will finish after a few days. He used to paint artworks in religious themes before, but then began to create in pathriotic, philosophical and other themes. Recently he began to paint also in European themes, such as ?Shakespeare?, ?Nicolo Paganini?, ?Marco Polo?, etc. Armen told that the exhibition in the Council of Europe is very important for him. He also told that there is an Armenian diaspora in Strasbourg, but it is very little. The visitors of the exhibtion will mostly be Europeans. When we wished good luck to Armen during the coming exhibition, he thanked to us and told ,that this exhibtion in Strasbourg will be an important page in his biography.

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ALIK Armenian Daily,13 February 2008The exhibition of armenian artist Armen Daneghyan in Isfahan

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The opening ceremony was in the HOZEYE HONARI centre on February 1. 30 artworks were represented. The advisor of the Ambassador of Republic of Armenia in Iran Suren Gasparyan, the primate of Spahan archbishop Babgen Charian ,famous painter Ani Babayan , different armenian and persian art proffesionals had a speech during the ceremony. From the name of the embassy Mr. Gasparyan said thanks to the HOZEYE HONARI centre and artist Ani Babayan for organizing the exhibition. Then the primate of Spahan archbishop Babgen Charian in his speech noticed that the artworks of Armen Daneghyan are a mixture of modern and ancient, which is a unique style in armenian culture. Such exhibitions unite armenian and persian nations. The exhibition will last until February 19.

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