Iranian-Armenian artist Ayvazian brings solo exhibit home

October 12, 2010

TEHRAN -- London-based Iranian-Armenian artist Edman Ayvazian is returning home after 37 years with a selection of his paintings to go on display at Tehran’s Art Center opening on October 15.

Veteran artist Aidin Aghdashlu and sculptor Parviz Tanavoli are expected to give the keynote addresses at the opening ceremony.
Edman, whose friends call him Edik, has long been living in London and in his trips to Iran he has traveled to small towns and villages, trying to depict the nature and the local residents of these areas.
Cosponsored by the Armenian Embassy in Tehran and Lazar Gallery, the abstract series of works and watercolors by Ayvazian will go on show in two of the center’s galleries.
Edman was born in 1931 in Tehran and began painting at the age of 13. He travelled to Italy when he finished school and later to Britain where he graduated in architecture.
He has so far participated in numerous national and international exhibits and has received several awards.
The center will also be dedicating its third gallery to an exhibition by the late Iranian-Armenian artist Marcos Grigorian. Screening a documentary about the artist is also on the agenda for the opening day.
Grigorian, who is recognized as a pioneer of Iranian modern art, died of a heart attack at his home in Armenia in 2007. He was 82.
The Art Center is located on Shariati Ave., northwest of Sadr Highway.
Photo: A painting by Edman Ayvazian