November 5, 1981
1992–1996 Minas Halaj studied at Hakob Kojoyan Art School, Yerevan, Armenia, 1996-1998- Terlemezian College of Fine Art, Yerevan, Armenia, 1998–2002 Yerevan's State Fine Arts Academy. And 2003–2006 SFAI, San Francisco, CA. Minas Halaj works in oil, mixed media and graphics. His graphic series, entitled Magnetic Flower is a mixture of many different styles, influences and elements. He incorporates flowers, nature, animals, anatomy and Roman sculpture techniques.
Minas Halaj has got paintings from 'American Renaissance' that reflect the immigrant experience, each picture with a hallowed space that express a cry for home, the memories of place, history and culture, the violence of its loss and the rupturing of the spirit. Many of his paintings are with private collectors, including actor Jim Carrey
Incorporates elements of classical education with contemporary influences. His art manifests itself by way of a symphony of graphics, sculptures, collages and figurative compositions. Painting his subjects with oil, his complex work often includes tar, fabric wood, elaborate appliqués, recycled paper or odd buttons.Seemingly random, his compositions are anything but, as the classically rendered subjects reminiscent of Old World. Masters look solemnly back at you, adorned with elaborate cornucopias of flowers and fanciful fabrics. In many instances, his precision in creating graceful classic beauties is juxtaposed against a grainy highly-textural sculpted tar background that is painstakingly embossed and minutely decorated. Son of the accomplished painter Samuel Hallaj, Minas has received multiple degrees in art from his native Yerevan, and has continued his formal art training at several Californian schools since he arrived in the US in 2002. His beautifully intricate art has been featured in nearly 50 contemporary art exhibits around the world, with many pieces now residing in high-profile international collections. "You can discuss and argue about art forever. To me, everything is abstract and interchangeable. It's all about how you look at things. I love light, life, shadow, line and color. I try and sink into my art and live where the world of an artist begins, being drawn deeply into an emotional spectrum. It helps me to understand the tragedy and the happiness of the reality of life itself. I consider myself the luckiest of all to have been given the gift of creation. I live and work through the appreciation of the divinity of art."
Minas' first solo show was at the Tracy Park Gallery in Santa Monica, California. Since then he has participated in many solo and group exhibitions. His work was also showcased at the Susan Alexander Gallery and the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in the United Kingdom.
- 2015 Main Street Gallery,"Floral Minds" Walla Walla, Washington
- 2010 Raffsonni Galleries, Hackensack, NJ.
- 2008 Tracy Park Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
- 2007 Tracy Park Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
- 2006 Tracy Park Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
- 2005 Christianne Engs Gallery, West Hollywood, CA.
- 2005 Arc Light Theatre Gallery, Hollywood, CA.
- 2004 Donna Ratikan Design Center, Miami, FL.
2018 Context Art Miami “Retrospect Galleries”, December 4–9 Miami, FL.
2018 Saatchi Art, "Constructed", February 1, Santa Monica, CA.
2018 LA Art Show "Retrospect Galleries", January 10, January 14, Los Angeles, CA.
2017 SCOPE, International Contemporary Art Show, New York.
2017 Mixx Art Projects, "Beyond The Lines", Telluride, Colorado.
2016 SCOPE, International Contemporary Art Show, November 29-December 4, Miami Beach, FL.
2016 International Art Symposium "Atelier An Der Donau" Vienna, Austria.
2016 Saatchi Art, "Fresh Faces" March 24, Santa Monica, CA.
2016 Art Share-LA, "Faces in the Crowd" April 2, DTLA Los Angeles, CA.
2015 Art Miami, Art Basel Week, December 1–6, G2 Gallery, Miami, FL.
2015 Art Miami, Aqua Art, December 2–6, Spin Gallery's Miami, FL.
2015 Benefiz-Kunstauktion Oskar Kokoschka's Museum, Pöchlarn, Austria.
2015 Art In Fall, November 14–19 Group show New York, NY.
2014 International Art Symposium "Atelier An Der Donau" Vienna Austria.
2014 Works On Paper "Brand 42" Brand Art Center, Glendale CA.
2013 Saatchi Gallery Showdown "Painted Faces" London United Kingdom.
2013 Annual Juried "Small Work Visual Show" Bakersfield Museum Of Art, C.A.
2012 Group Show , "Mark Rothko 109th Anniversary", Daugavpils, Latvia.
2012 Group Show, Pier #92, New York, NY.
2012 Art from the Ashes, Barnsdall Gallery Hollywood CA.
2012 Art Cube Gallery Laguna Beach CA.
2012 Group show New York, NY.
2011 El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, LA, CA.
2011 Group Show, Pier #92, New York, NY.
2011 Los Angeles Municipal art Gallery, LA, CA.
2011 Skinner Howard Contemporary Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2010 Rweeway Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 Western Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 FERUS Gallery, West Hollywood, CA.
2010 Art from the Ashes Gallery, Glendale, CA.
2009 Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy.
2009 Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2009 Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy.
2008 Brand Gallery OST, Glendale, CA.
2008 Think Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 Tracy Park Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2008 Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
2007 Italian American Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 Museum of Modern Art, Yerevan, Armenia.
2007 Venice Contemporary, Culver City, CA.
2007 Tracy Park Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2006 Venice Contemporary, Culver City, CA.
2006 Tracy Park Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2004 Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA.
Pepsico Company Collection, Dubai, UAE.
Princess Anita Of Hohenberg Collection, Vienna Austria.
Victor Drai, Hollywood Entertainment Famous director, Las Vegas, NV.
Joseph Reap, Collection of, Morgan Stanley Headquarters Manhattan, NYC.
Nersesian Collection, New York, NYC.
Timothy G. Smith, Collection West Hollywood, CA.
Gary Goldstein Design Associates, Irvine, CA.
Anthony J. Cale & Associates, London, UK.
Lea Black Collection, Miami, FL.
Alex Reid Collection, West Village, NY.
Ryan O'Neal Collection, Golden Globe Nominated Actor, Malibu, CA.
Deanne-Joel Fried Collection, Los Angeles, CA.
Maia Neumann Collection, Nice, France.
Jennifer Jonak Collection, Graswell, OR.
Denis Sutro Collection, Carver Sutra Wine Company, Napa Vally, CA.
Elizabeth Turner Ottosen Collection, Basel, Switzerland.
Samira Barlava Collection, Beverly Hills, CA.
Poor Hb Collection, London, UK.
Philipe Caland Collection, Los Angeles, CA.
Ryan Finley Collection, Portland, OR.
Scott Bernstein Sony Music head quarters office, Beverly Hills, CA.
Nishanta Baidya Collection.