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Grachya Arutyunyan
Valeriya Astakhova

n 12 October the Central House of Architects hosted an exhibition devoted to the Armenian artist Grachya Arutyunyan. Yerevan was his hometown, until he graduated from the department of painting in the Yerevan Art and Theatre institute in 1986. From 1993 Grachya has been living and working in Moscow. He has exhibited in Artmanezh and other well-known galleries in Moscow. Arutyunyan’s work is distinguished by bright colours and powerful ethnic themes in his canvasses, as well as a boldness with odd looking forms and non-standard subjects. His paintings are unusual and poetic, with names to match: “Procession of Muses”, “Song of the Waterfalls”, “The Dance of Fire and Wind”. Musical instruments are close to Grachya Arutyunyan, particularly the flute and the saxophone, and the procession of merry musicians is one of his favourite themes. The artist’s pictures are good-natured, touching and naïve. Many of them take us to the magic world of childhood with its wild fantasies, imagined personalities and exotic animals.

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