Born in 1959 in Yerevan, Armenia, Mushegh Mkhitaryan is more than a painter – he is a craftsman and an inventor. His creations originate from a variety of materials, some of which may seem utterly ordinary or even useless. However, Mkhitaryan's freedom of thought and limitless creativity enable him to transform these everyday items into remarkable works of art.
His artistic journey started at a young age. From 1972 to 1976, he studied at the Children’s Art Academy in Yerevan. His learning continued at P. Terlemezyan Arts College from 1977 to 1980, followed by a stint at the Ceramics Department at the Technical College of Fine Arts in Yerevan between 1981 and 1983.
Mkhitaryan's works have been exhibited extensively across international platforms. His first personal exhibition took place in 1983 at the Master’s House in Yerevan. Since then, his art has been showcased in various cities in Armenia, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
In addition, Mkhitaryan has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh), France, Italy, Germany, and the United States since the late 1980s. Some of his notable exhibitions include "One Hundred Years of Silence" in Yerevan, Armenia (2015) and "Break the Silence" at Arts Crossroad Gallery Zurich, Switzerland (2020).
The artistic prowess of Mushegh Mkhitaryan has granted him membership in esteemed organizations like the Artists’ Union of Armenia and UNESCO’s International Federation of Artists. Today, his works can be viewed permanently at the Modern Art Museum in Yerevan, Armenia.
Mkhitaryan's approach to art is deeply influenced by his family heritage and cultural traditions. The stories and life experiences of his elders have inspired his work, keeping him grounded in his roots while also providing a constant source of inspiration. Mkhitaryan's art serves as a testament to the resilience of his ancestors, capturing their enduring spirit and the cultural traditions they carried through immense hardship.
In the end, Mushegh Mkhitaryan’s artworks stand as a tribute to his belief:
"He, who does not honour the elders, does not believe in God either."
Each piece he creates tells a story, connecting past generations to the present, infusing ordinary materials with extraordinary emotion, and capturing the human spirit's resilience and creativity.
We invite you to visit the "Beyond the Surface" exhibition this June in Zug, Switzerland. There, you can experience the transformative and emotion-laden works of Mushegh Mkhitaryan firsthand, unveiling the stories encapsulated in his inventive creations.