Minas Avetisyan

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Minas Avetisyan
Minas Avetisyan, memorial stone.JPG
Minas memorial plague
Born Minas Avetisyan
(1928-07-20)July 20, 1928
Jajur, Armenia
Died February 24, 1975(1975-02-24) (aged 46)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Armenian
Known for Painting, Drawing
Notable work On the way to Deir-Zor, Jajur, Crucifix, Self-portrait with thorns, Churn, A Memory.
Awards Merited Artist of Armenia, Armenian SSR State Prize, Sarian Prize

Minas Avetisyan (Armenian: Մինաս Ավետիսյան, July 20, 1928 — February 24, 1975) was an Armenian painter.


Minas Avetisyan was born in the village of Jajur, Soviet Armenia. His mother, Sofo, was a daughter of the priest from Kars. His father, Karapet, was a smith from Mush. His wife was Gayane Mamajanyan.

The main theme of his works was Armenian nature, the nature of Jajur, the religion, poor people, mountains, fields etc.[1]

Avetisyan emerged as an artist at the "Exhibition of Five" in Yerevan (1962). Numerous specialists and visitors to the exhibition appreciated greatly his work. Avetisian's method differs from the method of plein-air painting which was once widespread in Armenian art. For him working from nature was no more than a preliminary stage, and the main portion of the work on the canvas was done in his studio.[2]

In 1967, he first appeared on film in the censored and suppressed documentary The Color of Armenian Land[3] by his friend Mikhail Vartanov.

In 1975, Avetisyan died under the wheels of the car, which stopped off at the sidewalk.[4] According to some sources, he was murdered by the KGB.[5][6]


  1. ^ National Library of Armenia, Minas Avetisyan (1928-1975).
  2. ^ Igitian, G.,"Minas Avetisian." Aurora Art Publishers. 1975.
  3. ^ Minas at Parajanov.com
  4. ^ Minas Avetisyan
  5. ^ Minas: A Requiem
  6. ^ Minas: Rekviem

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