Artist of the Week 28
Hagop Keledjianwas born in Yerevan, Armenia, where his vocation as a painter affirmed itself at the young age of 12, as he entered the School of Painting for Young Artists. Upon graduating from college, Keledjian was accepted into the Aprahamian Art Studio, where he learned his technique.
Aprahamian was the master of European realism and a follower of Velazquez. Studies with him involved working exclusively from life, at first using the conceptual and technical methods of the Spanish, Russian, and French impressionism. The emphasis of each period was on direct painting from life.
Keledjian, being free spirited and in search of his own artistic identity, found himself intellectually and morally in conflict with the academic and political pressures of communist society. In 1981, with his family, Keledjian immigrated to the United States and settled in Massachusetts. He continues to improve his education as an artist with the art studio of Richard Schmid in Vermont.
One of Keledjian’s works is permanently exhibited at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Massachusetts. The Boston merchants of Newbury Street have also mounted a bronze plaque on the street wall to honor Keledjian as a master painter. He is a member of the Putney Painters in Putney, Vermont; a group of 14 artists who paint on a bi-monthly basis.
In addition, he has exhibited at numerous galleries, including Franceca Anderson Fine Arts, Summer House, J. Todd, Cambridge Cultural Center, the Boston Hotel, Avenue Framers Gallery & Ani Arts, the Newman Gallery, the Raphy Gallery, and several in St. Petersburg, Russia. He continues to live and work in Waterton, Massachusetts.
Contact Lily Pad Gallery West for information on pricing and to view additional works by Hagop Keledjian.