Yerevan, b.1988

Anna Navasardian

Anna Navasardian’s work utilizes the language of portraiture and the tradition of figure painting to obscure the bounds that separate personal and constructed identity. Dynamic subjects are drafted from sources that include Soviet era family photographs, vintage periodicals, and live models. The resulting characters expose hidden truths and buried layers narrated through vigorous brush strokes and an animated palette.

Navasardian develops themes of identity, adolescence, growth, and memory in creating compositions that explore the multilayered nature of reality. In her recent series, vibrant palette marks function as fleeting thoughts surrounding a family. The thoughts dissolve in and out of the physical environment, blending into the shrubbery at one point and melting into a woman’s dress pattern at another. In this way, Navasardian employs the visceral quality of paint to illuminate...

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Biography

Anna Navasardian’s work utilizes the language of portraiture and the tradition of figure painting to obscure the bounds that separate personal and constructed identity. Dynamic subjects are drafted from sources that include Soviet era family photographs, vintage periodicals, and live models. The resulting characters expose hidden truths and buried layers narrated through vigorous brush strokes and an animated palette.

Navasardian develops themes of identity, adolescence, growth, and memory in creating compositions that explore the multilayered nature of reality. In her recent series, vibrant palette marks function as fleeting thoughts surrounding a family. The thoughts dissolve in and out of the physical environment, blending into the shrubbery at one point and melting into a woman’s dress pattern at another. In this way, Navasardian employs the visceral quality of paint to illuminate the invisible elements that surround us.

There is always strife - a dramatic inner state - in the faces of her characters. She likes her subjects to sit for lengthy sessions in order to create a neutral zone in which their personas dissolve. The resulting figures offer a sense of permanency, and a simplification of detail seems to reveal the subject’s purest form. Her life-size paintings feature intimate portrayals of adult and school-aged subjects whose individual personas are sublimated by their universality. Her paintings investigate the many layers of reality and deal with themes such as identity, puberty, growing up and memory.

Navasardian acknowledges German Expressionists, and Armenian artists like Arshile Gorky and Minas Avestisyan as influences - evident in the choice of her color palette and expressive brushwork.

Navasardian is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon. Selected solo exhibitions: "Gathering Layers", Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich; "Kids", Michael Janssen Singapore, Singapore; "Open" Gasser Grunert, New York; "Child", Artspace 105, Pittsburgh; etc.

Artworks

Child 11 , 2015

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Armenia / Armenian Art / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Canvas / Contemporary Armenian Art / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Middle Eastern Art / Family and Friend / Figurative Painting / Human Nature/Existence / Individual Portrait / Inspired by German Expressionism / Memories / Middle East / Middle Eastern Art / New York / Portrait of a Woman / Portrait Painting / Searching for Identity / Visibility/Invisibility / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2010

    BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Assembly, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich DE

  • 2015

    VOLTA NY, Galerie Andreas Binder, New York NY

  • 2014

    Black & White, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Double X, Ethan Cohen New York, New York, NY

  • 2017

    VOLTA13, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

  • Orphans of Painting, Ethan Cohen New York, New York NY

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Education

  • 2010

    BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Assembly, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich DE

  • 2015

    VOLTA NY, Galerie Andreas Binder, New York NY

  • 2014

    Black & White, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York NY

  • 2013

    KIDS, Galerie Michael Janssen, Singapore

  • 2012

    Gathering Layers, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich DE

  • 2011

    Open, Gasser Grunert, New York NY

  • 2010

    Child, Artspace 105, Pittsburgh PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Double X, Ethan Cohen New York, New York, NY

  • 2017

    VOLTA13, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

  • Orphans of Painting, Ethan Cohen New York, New York NY

  • Here’s Looking Back at You, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City NJ

  • Art Remixed, Ethan Cohen New York, New York NY

  • 2016

    Claire Obscure, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich DE

  • 2014

    First Blossom, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam NL

  • 2010

    If Found Please Return To, Regina Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

  • Close Encounters, The Frame, Pittsburgh PA

  • 2009

    Undivided Berlin, The Gallatin Galleries, New York NY

Grants & Awards

  • 2010

    John L Porter Fine Art Award, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

  • 2009

    Samuel Rosenberg Fine Art Award, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Collections

  • 2016

    Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City NJ

  • 2015

    Franks-Suss Collection, New York NY

  • 2010

    Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, Cambridge MA

Bibliography

  • 2017

    “Anna Navasardian,” Floorr Magazine

  • 2014

    “Expo Chicago,” Harper’s Bazaar China

  • “Anna Navasardian: Behind Expressionism,” Arte Al Limite Magazine

  • “The Expressive Figures of Anna Navasardian,” Fine Art Connoisseur

  • “Emerging Artists From Volta You Should Know,” Complex

  • “60 Works in 60 Seconds From VOLTA NY,” Blouin Artinfo

  • “Volta NY: 13 Artists to Watch,” Art Observer

  • 2013

    “The 25 Best Artists 25 And Under,” Complex

  • “Armenian Artist Anna Navasardian is Drawn to the Dark,” The Straits Times

  • "Kids": A Solo Exhibition by Anna Navasardian,” MUSE Magazine

  • Harvard Business School – Schwartz Art Collection

  • “Anna Navasardian on Paint's Poetic Nature,” Blouin Artinfo

  • 2012

    “Kunst im Kerzenschein,” Suddeutsche Zeitung