Artour Oshakantsi

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Artour Oshakantsi is a renown painter and founder of abstractional naturalism. He was was born in 1953 in the village of Oshakan, now in the Aragatsotn Marz of Armenia.

In the Soviet times, Oshakantsi was one of the first artists who, with the help of abstractionism, tried to express his political aggression.

"I use abstract art as a means of expressing my political views and protest", said Oshakantsi.

Since 1992 Oshakantsi has been living in London.

"Having lived for a long time in London, he did not lose his national identity in art, moreover, he created a tendency that has its influence on foreign painters as well", says Arayik Smbatian, a painter.

According to Smbatian, Oshakantsi's works are very unique.

Oshakantsi's works have been exhibited in different European countries and in the United States. At present, many of the painter's works are kept in private collections.

On August 26 2005 Oshakantsi represented more than thirty canvases at the personal exhibition opened in the Armenian Union of the cultural ties with abroad. Works, dedicated to the Armenian Genocide, Armenian Cause, as well as to Nature and human relations, occupied a special place in the exhibition.

Another personal exhibition of Oshakantsi was scheduled for September 2005, in the Queen's Hall of Justice in London, where more than 60 works, created during the previous years, were exhibited.

Sources

  • PERSONAL EXHIBITION OF ARTOUR OSHAKANTSI OPENS IN YEREVAN, NOYAN TAPAN, YEREVAN, AUGUST 26