The world depicted by Armen Eloyan in his strikingly gestural and expressive paintings can be anything from brutal to messy and dark, yet paradoxically they are almost invariably also loaded with an undercurrent of humour.
Armen Eloyan?s paintings engage him entirely emotionally, mentally as well as physically. Each of Eloyan?s work is a celebration or better said a ritual that he insists on executing in the privacy of his studio, depicting images that usually stem from his collective and personal experiences in life. These can be anything from the fairy tales and comic stripes he had heard and seen during his childhood to Hollywood films and images of celebrities that had marked his youth. In this way not only Eloyan faces the challenge to fuse his inborn need to paint with a world of story telling, but he also adds to them his own verve and vigor that consistently infringe the domains of parody, absurdity and vanity.
Eloyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1966. He now lives and works in Amsterdam and Zurich.