YEREVAN (news.am)—World-renowned Los Angeles-based artist Emil Kazaz has held meetings with the culture minister and officials in Gumri to discuss rebuilding an old house in the city and turn into a museum housing his works, the artist’s wife Mane Hayryan told a press conference Wednesday.
Kazaz told the officials that his father’s house in Gumri, which was destroyed during the 1988 earthquake, was the property being eyed for this project by the artist, who has not been in Armenia since 1986.
Hayryan presented the Gumri municipality two Kazaz paintings. “The Golden Child of Gumri,” which won a prize at the Florence Biennale and “San Pedro’s Table,” which won the coveted Medici prize. Hayryan also announced the donation of several Kazaz works to the Yerevan Art Gallery.
“He has decided to get dual citizenship and to make Armenian art known around the world,” added Hayryan.
Kazaz (Manvel Ghazaryan) was born in 1953 in Gumri. He started studying sculpture when he was 7. He attended the Mercurov art school and Terlemezyan College of art and the art theater institute. He has been living in Los Angeles since 1980. He has had exhibitions in Europe, Asia, Russia, North and South America.
An exhibition of Kazaz’s works will open on Friday in Yerevan, marking the first time the artist’s works are being shown in Armenia.