Artist Emil Kazaz Wants to Transform Yerevan and Gumri

Artist Emil Kazaz and his wife, Mane Hayryan

Artist Emil Kazaz and his wife, Mane Hayryan

YEREVAN (—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.


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  1. Krikor Krikorian said:

    BRAVO to this great artist and his wife . We need many more Kazaz to support the development of Armenian and Kharabagh

  2. Louise Kiffer-Sarian said:

    Toutes mes féliciatations à Emil Kazaz et à son épouse pour ce merveileux projet à Gumri
    Meilleurs voeux pour votre exposition prochaine à Erevan.
    J’ai vu une de vos oeuvres dans le site acam-france. C’est magnifique.

  3. Gayane said:

    He is my uncle and his name is Emanuel Ghazazyan and not Manvel. We all are proud of his name and works, so please do write his saint name correctly!!!!!

  4. GUGUSH said:

    es hpart em EMIL GAZAZYANI nman mankutyan @nker unenalu hamar. voch miayn es , ayl voxj hay joxovrdi hpartutyunn e EMIL GAZAZ@. shat lav hishum em mi kani tari miasin enk mecacel u @nkerutyun enk arel Gumrium/ ete hishum e inc EMIL@? ES SHAT URAX KLINEM. HARGANKNEROV GUGUSH