Life of an Artist
1953: Born in Ardashat (south of capital Yerevan) on February 22.

1960: Pick up his first paintbrush at age 7.

1971-75: Attended the Terlemezian School of Arts in Yerevan and studied painting.

1977: Married Nelli Makhitarian

1978: First daughter Mariam, born on June 4.

1979: Sold his first painting to the Armenian Cultural Ministry for the National Museum in Yerevan.

1982: His work toured in a group exhibition in Moscow’s museums as part of the Soviet Artist's Exchange.

1983: Second daughter Narine, born on May 9.

1984: His work toured in a group exhibition in St. Petersburg’s museums as part of the Soviet Artist’s Exchange.

1989: First son, Rafael born on October 1.

1992: Exhibition of work in Istanbul.

1995: Exhibition of work in France.

1996: Exhibition of work in Beirut and England.

1997: Exhibition of work in Kuwait.

1998: Exhibition of work in Beirut.

1999: First visit to the United States for an exhibition at the Armenian General Benevolent Union in Pasadena.

2000: Sunday, April 9; Featuring an Art Exhibit "Art in the Afternoon", Sunday Brunch garden party benefiting the Glendale Memorial Comprehensive Cancer Center.

2003: May 20; Glendale Memorial Hospital presented a painting as a gift to the City of Glendale in memory of loved ones lost on September 11, 2001.

2007: Exhibition of works at Bicycle Club Casino, California, USA.

2007: Participated the Art Expo 2007, New York, USA.

2007: Was granted with the gold medal of Fridtjof Nansen who was a great humanist, winner of Nobel Peace Prize.

"To look at his paintings, one can see his art reflects the influence on Impressionism with a bit of Mark Chagal and the look of stained glass throw in."

"His style is achieved though the use of bright primary oil paints manipulated with a palette knife to form smudges ad soft peaks that magically flow together to form recognizable subjects."

“Native landscapes and the holiday festivities of his country men are favorite subjects, and it's not usual to see a Shmavonian paintings with girls in colorful ethnic costumes dancing.”

“Shamvonian likes the durable nature of oils and works on many pieces simultaneously. He hopes his palette knife technique will become a recognizable style. But it is the Impressionist painters who have capered his imagination.”

"Shmavonian may be on his way to following in Sarian's footsteps.”

Pasadena Weekly Cover Story, November 11, 1999

By Judy Seckler

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