Colors of Armenia: Minas Avetisyan

Set High in Mountains Armenia is a land of rocks and Sun. It is hard to imagine this country without ever visiting it, however I am one of those who believes that anybody can learn a lot about a country by simply listening to the music of the land, and looking at its art. I will try to write every now and then about notable Armenian composers, artists, musicians and most importantly its people. This page will be devoted to what Armenia is for me. Today I would like to talk about one of the most famous Armenian artists Minas Avetisyan. Minas traveled widely around Armenia and studied ancient Armenian monuments, Armenian miniature and the works of great Armenian Artists. Born in Jajur, Minas saw the world surrounding him in raw colors, his art is bright, vivid and sharp. In his pictures sun is everywhere as in every corner of this sunny bright land. Avetisyan received acclaim as an artist at the “Exhibition of Five” in Yerevan (1962).

A self portrait of the artist, in the background: his village of birth Jajur.

A self portrait of the artist, in the background: his village of birth Jajur.

In this canvas he has portrayed his mother Him and his beloved wife sitting next to each other. This is a family portrait which is exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Yerevan.

In this canvas he has portrayed his mother Him and his beloved wife sitting next to each other. This is a family portrait which is exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Yerevan.

One of the artists most recognized pictures of his village Jajur, the picture is exhibited at the Modern Art Museum and if you like the picture you can find many nice copies of it in Vernisaj (Weekend Market).

One of the artists most recognized pictures of his village Jajur, the picture is exhibited at the Modern Art Museum and if you like the picture you can find many nice copies of it in Vernisaj (Weekend Market).

In 1975, Minas Avetisyan died after being caught under the wheel of the car, many claim that his death was not an accident, however what happened on the February the 24 1975 will remain a mystery.. One can experience the art of Minas Avetisyan in several museums in Armenia, two of which are the National Museum and the Museum of Contemporary arts in Yerevan, Armenia.