1990, Yerevan, Armenia
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Associate of Arts, 2010
Alexandra Manukyan Atelier (painting, drawing, anatomy), 2013 - 2019
2008 Spotlight Awards
2008 Glendale New Press
"[T]he work of art... has its source not in the personal unconscious of the poet, but in a sphere of unconscious mythology whose primordial images are the common heritage of mankind... In each of these images there is a little piece of human psychology and human fate, a remnant of the joys and sorrows that have been repeated countless times in our ancestral history, and on the average follow ever the same course. It is like a deeply graven riverbed in the psyche, in which the waters of life, instead of flowing along as before in a broad but shallow stream, suddenly swell into a mighty river... The moment when this mythological situation reappears is always characterized by a peculiar emotional intensity; it is as though chords in us were struck that had never resounded before, or as though forces whose existence we never suspected were unloosed... The impact of an archetype... stirs us because it summons up a voice that is stronger than our own. Whoever speaks in primordial images speaks with a thousand voices... He transmutes our personal destiny into the destiny of mankind, and evokes in us all those beneficent forces that ever and anon have enabled humanity to find a refuge from every peril and to outlive the longest night. That is the secret of great art, and of its effect upon us." - Carl Jung
I am a painter who works primarily in a Surrealist mode. I believe that as long as human creatures continue to dream as we do, in images that are partially realistic and partially otherworldly, Surrealism will continue to matter. It is a way for us to wrest the intensely personal phenomenon of dreaming into waking life and make it into a shared experience.