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Artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan from successful auction record in New York City to Art Miami
It looks like a photograph, but it is an oil on canvas. Inch by inch, handmade. New York City based Armenian artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan surprised auctions’s scene in New York City a few weeks ago, when is Mirror V jumped to $72,500
By: Tigran Tsitoghdzyan
The late series of works are provoking great attraction in the art community worldwide. The artistʼs Facebook fan page experienced a viral upgrowth from a few hundred to the actual cipher of almost 80.000 followers, and something similar is happening to his Instagram profile. Art dealers, curious people, magazines are interested in Tigranʼs work, tattoo lovers imitate his paintings and people share it on their skin. It seems that Tigranʼs works have the power to seduce both the art expert and the regular viewer, and that has been since yore the basis of tremendous success in art history.
Is it the start of a new auction’s phenomena?
After being introduced to renowned and influential American art critic Donald Kuspit, the polemic author of such influential works asThe End of Art or The Rebirth of Painting in the Late Twentieth Century, he stated about Tigran: “fit in with my idea of ‘New Old Masters’, so I will be happy to write about him”. Now there is a buzz of plans to make a cutting edge feature documentary about Tigran by American filmmaker Arthur Balder, whose art films are starting to be presented at the Museum of Modern Art in a regular basis (Ciria pronounced thiria in 2013, The Reality of the Imaginary to be premiered in April 2015).
What is bringing so much attention to Tigran Tsitoghdzyan’
What attracts collectors, art critics and filmmakers the most is not only Tigranʼs extremely perfectionist accuracy and the pureness of his technic, but also his personal visual point of view. The look of his paintings is puzzling realistic, photographic;
The artist’s background
Tigran Tsitoghdzyan was born in 1976 in Yerevan, Armenia. Since when he was very young he passed his days painting and drawing. He found his universe when he discovered the oil paints at the age of 5. Very soon he was noticed by Henrik Iguitian, an influential art critic, founder and director of Modern Art Museum and Children Art Museum in Yerevan. He organized Tigran's first personal exhibition with one hundred works when Tigran was ten years old. The exhibition started in Yerevan, and then continued in the cities of Spain and USA. In the following years Tigran had numerous exhibitions in Armenia, Russia, West Europe and United States.
He was awarded by different governmental organizations and foundations in Armenia and Russia. Hundreds of articles were written, interviews and two documentaries were made. His paintings were included in the catalogues of the modern Armenian artists.
From 1993 to 1999 Tigran studied in the Fine Art Academy of Yerevan. In 1999 he continued his studies and got his diploma in 2002 in Switzerland, at ECAV. The education continued and in 2005 Tigran got the degree of a Master of Art in the Public Sphere (MAPS). During that period he was also working at the same school as an assistant, and did Artist Residences in England and South Africa.