Alexandra Manukyan

About the Artists:

From an early age, my life has been rich with culture and art. I was born and raised in Armenia where my parents enrolled me in after school programs including art school. It was at that young age that my creative spirit was ignited. After art school, I graduated from Fine Art College and subsequently State Pedagogical University where I majored in Teaching Fine Arts. Upon immigrating to Los Angeles in 1990, my focus turned towards the fashion industry. After graduating from fashion school and working in the fashion industry for two decades, I became proficient in graphic design by stylizing fabrics, designing screen prints, taking courses at UCLA and additional private classes. My graphic design skills gave me the opportunity to branch into the entertainment industry by becoming a freelancer for movie posters for various agencies. I found the changes in my professional career only helped to enhance the constant in my life of painting and drawing. In 2012 I left the fashion and entertainment industries and returned my focus to my own fine arts. It was at this time I also began teaching classes in my studio, which I continue to this day. From each experience in my life, I have gained tools to express myself, my passions and my beliefs through the art you see today.

Résumé:

Education

  • 2009-2011 Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.
  • 2002-2004 UCLA extensions, Los Angeles. Studied - GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • 1992-1994 Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles. Majored in FASHION
  • DESIGN
  • 1985-1990 State Pedagogical University ( Kh.Abovian ). Yerevan/Armenia. Majored in
  • FINE ARTS
  • 1978-1982 College of Fine Arts and Design ( P.Terlemezian ). Yerevan/Armenia. Majored in FINE ARTS/GRAPHIC DESIGN

 

  • 2018 June, 107 Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Natural History Museum
  • 2018 April, VISION OF VENUS, group exhibition at Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 2017 May, (solo exhibition), Bash Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2017 February, SHE LOVES COLLECTIVE, group exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2016 November, PROPHECIES UNHEEDED, (solo exhibition), Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2016 June, FAHRENHEIT 451, group exhibition, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • 2016 April, 105th Annual Gold Medal exhibition, at Autry Museum, Los Angeles,CA
  • 2016 April, TATTOO, group exhibituion, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2016 February, BEINART COLLECTIVE, group exhibition, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica,CA
  • 2015 August, SUBJECTIVE TRUTHS, group exhibition, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard,
  • CA
  • 2015 August, ORACALE OF EXTINCTION (solo exhibition), Copro Gallery, Santa
  • Monica, CA
  • 2015 October, LE PETITE FOURS, Friends of lion Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • 2015 July, PHANTASTISCHE VENUS, in the Altes Rathaus, Viechtach, Germany
  • 2015 October, THE BIRDS, at Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • 2015 March, 104th Annual Gold Medal exhibition, at Fisher Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015 February, THE DIRTY SHOW, International Erotic Art Exhibition, Feature Exhibition, Detroit, MI
  • 2014 October, RUNNUNG WITH SCISSORS, at Kwan Fong Gallery, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • 2014 October, ROUGH AND READY SIDESHOW, at Bash Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2014 March, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER (solo exhibition) at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA
  • 2013 November, FANTASY FAIR, at Bash Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013 August, 20th ANNIVERSARY, at ‘Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2013 August, ART COLLECTOR STARTER KIT at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA
  • 2013 April, THE ANNIVERSARY SHOW, at Last Rites, New York, NY
  • 2013 March, FUTUROLOGY, at Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2013 March, ART COLLECTOR STARTER KIT, at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA
  • 2013 March, THE MAN SHOW, at Kwang Wong Gallery, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • 2013 January, SINE QUA NONE (solo exhibition ), at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2012 December, THE ILLUMINATION, at Copro Gallery. Santa Monica, CA 
  • 2012 July 7th - August 11th, TABBOO, at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2012 March, I WANT TO BE FIRST, at Kat Von D's Wonderland Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012 January, SECRETS AND CONFESSION (solo exhibition), at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011 December, group show at Silvana Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011 October, BEYOND EDEN , represented by La Luz de Jesus Gallery at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011 September, (solo exhibition), at Silvana Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011 April, THE PAOWER OF ART AND MUSIC, the 6th annual international exhibition
  • at Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2008 April, NEW RENESANCE, (solo exhibition) at Olimp Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 April, group show, 23-24 Memorial Art Exhibition at Los Angeles Municipal Art
  • Gallery at Barnsdall Hall, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Media

 

  • 2018 May/June issue of FINE ART CONNOISSEUR magazine
  • 2018 January/February issue of FINE ART CONNOISSEUR magazine
  • 2017 December, AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR magazine
  • 2017 June 2017, BEAUTIFUL BIZARRE magazine
  • 2016 December 2016, JUXTAPOZ
  • 2015 October, FINE ART CONNOISSEUR, Volume12, 'Focusing on Fabrics'
  • 2015 Phantastische Venus, Viechtach
  • 2014 Women of Wonder, Edited by Cathy Fenner
  • 2014 October 11, Running with Scissors is in the Los Ange les Daily News
  • 2014 August, American Art Collector Magazine, issue 106
  • 2014 March 14, Hi Fructose Magazine
  • 2013 December, 'BeautifulBizarre' Magazine
  • 2013 December, cover of MIROIR MAGAZINE, and featured work
  • 2013 December, cover of ‘ASIMOV’s Science Fiction’ magazine
  • 2013 October, ‘COMBUSTUS’
  • 2013 November, ‘SPECTRUM’ edition 20
  • 2013 January 18, Hi Fructose Magazine
  • 2013 TOME, Volume one 2012 November, ‘SPECTRUM’ edition 19.
  • 2012 March 22, 'Pasadena Weekly', "Power UnmaskedArtist Alexandra Manukyan's

     surrealist paintings put women in control", article by Natalie Avakian.

  • 2012 March, issue 19 'Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine'.
  • 2012 January, issue 21
  • 2012 January 16, 'WARHOLIAN", the article by Keisha Raines
  • 2012 January 11, COAGULA's "Weekend Bender" :
  • 2011 December 27 issue 'HI-FRUCTOSE'
  • 2011 December, Book
  • 2011 July 30th issue of ' HI-FRUCTOSE'
  • 2011 Featured in the catalogue of 'The power of art and music' the 6th annual international exhibition.
  • 2011 Summer issue December issue ‘Poets/Artists’

Statement:

In my most recent series of rich surreal figurative work, you will find the theme of nature

decaying and weakened by the forces of humans, particularly through vanity and self promotion. I portray images of strong women with almost god-like capabilities to impact the animals and environments around them. They are fierce and in control, which, as I show, may be detrimental to their surroundings.

 

This is a topic that runs passionately in my heart, and I hope through my art I can provoke the realization that right now, we, as a species, have the opportunity to stop this downward trend of destruction to this planet, our home.

In all of my paintings, the viewer is rewarded with new worlds to explore. First, you are invited to learn the story of the figures. Their expressive postures are enhanced by beautifully draped garb and jewellery, most of which were also made by myself. I combine heavy with soft, rigid with fluid to create a dramatic union of contrasts that invoke a sense of compelling wonder. The women are strong and beautiful, depicting the balance of grace and power. Their striking sense of self lures you in just to push you away. Their environments are rich, deep, and mysterious.

 

Subtle details encourage viewers to explore and find more meaning and depth the further they go. Though extensive thought, intention, and planning go into all of my pieces before I begin painting, I allow myself the flexibility to adapt while the brush touches the canvas. This is where I welcome you to explore the second world of my paintings. As you venture closer to the canvas, the figures melt away and become a landscape of expressive, emotional, and energetic brushstrokes. Thick impasto becomes heavy contours to explore in the light, delicate skin of the figures.

 

Traditional oil painting techniques give way to moments of stark emotion. Look closely; truths and confessions are found in the brushstrokes. I encourage you to experience my paintings at all levels: the macro level that expresses my message and the micro level that expresses my emotions. The further you venture, the more you will find moments and messages that speak to you.