Visit a workshop and explore Gyumri with a local artist

Visit a workshop and explore Gyumri with a local artist image

Vardanyan at work. (Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program)

Albert Vardanyan and his two sons, Hrachya Vardanyan and Avetik Vardanyan, are three of Gyumri's most talented and best-known artists. Visitors to this area should not miss the opportunity to take a personal tour of the Vardanyan home and studio, located in the village of Akhuryan, just six kilometers east of Gyumri's historic town center.

Albert is a sculptor, who works with a variety of materials, including wax, gypsum, stone, clay, and bronze. Working as an instructor in the Gyumri Branch of the State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia, Albert's artistic vision is to convey in his sculptures not only the spirit of ancient times in Armenia, but also the national and folk concepts found in contemporary Armenian art. Visitors to his studio will see the entire process of artistic creation from drafting to modeling to molding and final processing. Albert's sculptures are found in many countries around the world.

Albert's eldest son Hrachya is a painter and mixed-media artist whose works are also exhibited worldwide. Hrachya's paintings come from the same ideological roots as his father's, but differ in technique and representation. Hrachya often uses woven materials, which reflect the renowned traditions of Armenian carpet weaving, and makes innovative uses of color and depth. Like his father, Hrachya teaches in the Gyumri Branch of the State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia.

Albert's youngest son Avetik is an architect, who draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including Gyumri architecture, local stone, wood, natural landscapes, and Christianity. For instance, Avetik has created a distinctive series of handmade copybooks and sketchbooks with wooden covers. He has also collaborated with his brother Hrachya on artistic installations.

A visit to Gyumri would not be complete without a tour of this talented family's home and studio to learn more about their artistic inspirations and traditions.

Albert carries on this millennia-old Armenian tradition with a modern take.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

In addition to the home studio, Albert's sculptures can be found all over the world.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

In the spirit of Armenian hospitality, light refreshments are enjoyed by visitors and artists.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Albert Vardanyan and his two sons, Hrachya and Avetik, are all artists working near Gyumri.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Vardanyan home studio in the village of Akhuryan.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

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