Hakob Hakobyan

(1923 – 2013)

Hakob Hakobyan (Hagop Hagopian) was born in Egypt in1923 in the city of Alexandira. He is the third child of Armenian parents and belongs to a generation of Armenians who, as an aftermath of the 1915 genocide, grew up and matured away from their homeland. Hagopian spent his childhood years attending the Melkonian School in Cyprus. This was a school specializing in the education of children of ex-patriot Armenians, and there he was required to study both Armenian history and studio art.
Hakobyan (Hagopian) continued his studies in art at the Institute of Fine Arts Cairo. Later, he received scholarships to study in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. During this time, he had the opportunity to study with French Cubist painter André Lhote as well as other compatriot painters.
After the time spent in Europe, Hakobyan (Hagopian) returned to Egypt with an ever increasing aspiration to live in Armenia. Finally, in 1962, at the age of forty, Hagopian and his family moved to Armenia and eventually settled in the capital city of Yerevan. Hagop’s artistic recognition continued to flourish in Yerevan and continued in 1977, he was awarded the State Prize of Armenian and given the title of People’s Artist of Armenian. In 1986, he received the coveted State Prize of USSR and was elected a member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. Read more >

Title: "RACING"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 60x50cm