Hovhannes Zardaryan

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Zardaryan with his 1946 painting Winter landscape[1] on a 2018 stamp of Armenia
Spring (1956) by Zardaryan[2] on a 2018 stamp of Armenia
Zardaryan on a 2018 silver coin of Armenia

Hovhannes Zardaryan (Armenian: Հովհաննես Զարդարjան; 8 January 1918[3] – 21 July 1992) was an Armenian painter.


Hovhannes Zardaryan was born in the family of craftsman in Kars (now in Turkey).[3] During the massif exodus following the Armenian genocide, Zardarians moved first to Armavir, Russia, then Krasnodar (Russia) and finally established in Tiflis (Georgia).[2][4]

In 1933, after attending painting classes at the Art School of Tiflis, Zardaryan moved to Yerevan. He entered the Applied Arts School and graduated four years later from the studio of Sedrak Arakelian and Vahram Gaifejian. Through 1937 he continued his studies the Institute of Fine Arts and Architecture of the Russian Academy of Arts of Leningrad.[3] By his return to Armenia in early 1941 Zardaryan was recognized as a promising young painter. He was exempted from military service during World War II and joined the Union of Artists of Armenia. He returned to Russia in 1944 with a series of still lives and Armenian landscapes that were selected for the exhibition of Armenian Art.[4]

Back in Armenia Zardaryan collaborated with different artists on the State commanded large scale paintings. 1956 and 1958 he participated in international exhibitions in Prague and India as well as Biennale in Venice. His 1956 painting Spring won a silver medal at the Expo 58 in Brussels.[2] It was featured on a 1974 stamp of the Soviet Union and on a 2018 stamp and a 2018 commemorative silver coin of Armenia.[5] For many years the painting was exhibited at the Tretyakov Gallery.[4]

Zardaryan established his studio near the Astrophysical Observatory of Burakan.[4]



Further reading[edit]

  • Boris Zurabov. Hovhannes Zardarian. Moscow, 1993. 64 pages, 62 colour illustrations, 8 photographs. ISBN 978-5-269-00381-8. Copyright. Galart Publishers, Moscow, 1993.
  • Hovhannes Zardarian. Calendar 2008. “Seasons”. Yerevan. 2007. Printinfo Art Books – L’Association Zart. 30 pages, 14 colour illustrations, 1 photograph. ISBN 978-99930-4-842-8. Copyright 2007, Anahit Zardaryan, Mkrtich Zardaryan
  • Martin Mikaelyan. Hovhannes Zardarian. “4 Themes”. Yerevan, 2008.88 pages, 56 colour illustrations, 7 photographs. Printinfo Art Books. ISBN 978-9939-53-122-9. Copyright 2008, Anahit Zardaryan, Mkrtich Zardaryan