Three Generations +1: The Elibekians
April 1 – April 25, 2009
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, April 25, 2-5pm
The month of April is a family affair at Gallery Z with offerings from four different members of the Elibekian family and artwork spanning three generations.
The tradition of painting has been passed down within the Elibekian family for decades resulting in the brilliant artistic compositions that define the family’s artistic legacy. The show will feature paintings by Vagharshag Elibekian, his two sons Henrik and Robert Elibekian, and grandson Areg Elibekian. The works of these four artists are quite different despite their shared heritage.
The elder Vagharshag was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1910. It was there that he directed Tbilisi’s Armenian Theatre and worked as a painter. His work captures scenes of traditional Georgian customs, architecture, and lifestyles.
His son, Henrik Elibekian, was born in 1936 in Tbilisi. He graduated from Yerevan’s Institute of Art & Drama in 1967 with a degree in painting. Aside from painting, he also studied acting, directing, sculpture, graphics and design.
His other son, Robert Elibekian, was born in 1941 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He later moved to Yerevan where he graduated from Yerevan’s Institute of Drama & Fine Arts in 1969. His colorful expressionist paintings portray beautiful women and energetic indoor scenes.
The son of Robert, Areg Elibekian, represents to youngest artist in this exhibition. Areg was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1970. He graduated from Yerevan’s Institute of Drama & Fine Arts in 1992. He since moved to Montreal and travels to Paris every summer to meet his father Robert to paint.
Each of these talented artists is included in the permanent collections of prestigious museums located all over the world.