News ID: 131325
Published: 0351 GMT November 21, 2015

Iranian-Armenian painter receives Arshile Gorky Medal

Iranian-Armenian painter receives Arshile Gorky Medal

Iranian-Armenian painter Edman Ayvazian received Arshile Gorky Medal of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Diaspora for his notable contributions to the development of Armenian arts.

The medal was given at the opening ceremony of Ayvazian's art exhibition titled 'The Colors of the Native Land' at the National Gallery of Armenia on November 20.

Organized by Iran's Cultural Center in Yerevan and the National Gallery of Armenia, the exhibition features landscape paintings of Iran's villages and deserts, as well as designs and architectural paintings created by Ayvazian over the past 10-15 years, ISNA wrote.

On the sidelines of the ceremony, Armenian Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan said, "Edman is one of the most remarkable Armenian painters in the Diaspora. He was born and took his first steps in painting in Iran, after which he moved to Britain, improved his knowledge and developed his talent and condensed the traditions of Armenian, Eastern and European cultures in his paintings."

He expressed his gratitude to Iran's Cultural Center and the National Gallery of Armenia for organizing the exhibition and for inviting the 83-year-old painter to Armenia.

Hakobyan added although Edman is living in London, he is the bridge between the cultures of Iran and Armenia.

Majid Moshki, Iran's cultural attaché in Yerevan, said that such art exhibition can boost bilateral ties.

The curator of the exhibition Zahra Rad said that the Edman is the embodiment of the two countries' cultures and arts.

The art exhibition is on display until December 20 in Armenia and will later be held in Tehran.

Edman was born in Tehran on 1931 and took up painting from his early teens.

He participated in several international festivals receiving many awards, namely the first award of Iran's Contemporary Artists, the first award of the annual competition of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

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