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at the pictures of childhood created by Anna Harutyunyan, you feel her
compositional mind, bright expressionism based on Armenian fairy tales.
No matter whether it is a national fairy tale or a story from everyday
life - all of them are colored with national decorative-ornamental heroes
created with great taste.
Every composition from those years seems to be a special world created
only by her. Being 6 years old, Anna was already trying to create one
of Armenian ethnographical images out of clay as a ceramic sculpture covered
with glazer taken from her own fairy tale compositions, carrying out the
technical process with her tiny palms, with great confidence in her righteousness.
Being 8 years old, Anna considered herself mature and independent in her
thoughts, and there followed new series of national fairy tale ceramic
figures parallel with pictures and natural art works.
The Esthetics Center of Child Education, which is still headed by Henrikh
Igityan, used to organize exhibitions of the students (by the way, from
6 years old Anna had been a student of the Center, where her first instructor
had become her mother: artist-ceramist Ernestina) both in the Yerevan
Museum of Child Work and in various cities and countries of the world,
and Anna was an active participant. And when H. Igityan came to the studio
to choose works for the next exhibition, most of the works he picked up
from the floor appeared to be Anna's. Learning about that, he always exclaimed:
"Again Anna!" After many years, being present at one of the
exhibitions in Germany, he was recalling that.
Once Anna was taking part in a celebration near the memorial of Martiros
Saryan, famous artist, surrounded by painting children from the Center
of Child Education. The topic given was free composition with color gamma.
Grigor Khanjyan was a member of the jury then. He, not being acquainted
with the children, approached Anna and whispered: "Girl, you will
become a famous artist".
Parallel with the Esthetics Center, studying in the 5th class, she was
attending the child artistic school after A. Khojoyan. Later she graduated
the school with excellent marks. She has also attended the music school
after Sayat-Nova and still plays the piano very well, improvising the
melody in jazz rhythm. She cannot imagine life without music. It gives
her great motivation both in art and in life.
Theater life also plays a certain role in her life. From early childhood
she used to organize child spectacles with her friends, making the costumes
herself. After the earthquake in 1988 she organized several comedy spectacles
together with the children suffered based on Hovhannes Tumanyan's fairy
At the age of 15 she entered the Arts College after P. Terlemezyan, Department
of Decoration, but after one year left for Germany together with her family.
There she continued her activities, passing on to a new level. With getting
more mature, her worldview changed and this influenced her future works.
Having noticed her pictures, local organizers of exhibitions offered to
present them to the public. The 19 years old girl was a little scared
of having her first personal exhibition, but everything was fine: the
charmed Germans even bought her works for personal collections.
Afterwards there was a flood of personal and group exhibitions, which
also were a success and found approval of many famous German masters of
art, politics, religion, etc. They really valued her as a talented young
Parallel with this, in 1997, Anna entered the North-Rion Westphalia Academy,
Department of Arts. She was transferred to the 2nd year at once, and her
works were highly approved by the students and professors of the Academy.
Afterwards she was transferred to the class, where students studied for
In 1998 Anna joined the Union of Artists of Germany. Not having finished
the Academy, she was offered to teach in the Department of Arts.
Having finished the Academy by taking extern exams and getting all excellent
marks, Anna returned to Armenia. Afterwards began a new stage of her activities:
she joined the Union of Artist of Armenia in October 2000 and started
to get prepared for her first personal exhibition in her native land,
working all day long and creating new art works.
She had been dreaming about having a personal exhibition in Armenia from
childhood and now the dream came true. In November 2000, accompanied by
children's jazz orchestra, with bouquets of flowers and strings of silk
to cut, the exhibition was announced opened. With amazed eyes the participants
expressed their pleasure to see a new style in Armenian art. Anna was
very happy to see their reaction and to realize that she opened a new
stage in Armenian art history.
Radio, TV and newspapers expressed their opinion about her amazing talent,
saying that she would have a great investment in Armenian art.
We all wish her success in her future endeavors and new masterpieces in