Armenian sculptor Ara Shiraz dies
YEREVAN, MARCH 18, ARMENPRESS. The People’s Painter of the Republic of Armenia, sculptor Ara Shiraz passed away aged 73. The prominent sculptor died on March 17 in the intensive care unit of Nairi Medical Centre. The Deputy Director of the Centre Lusine Aghababyan informed “Armenpress” about this. Ara Shiraz was taken to the hospital on February 24 in extremely grave condition and without consciousness.
Ara Shiraz was an Armenian sculptor, Hovhannes Shiraz's and Silva Kaputikyan's son.
Ara Shiraz was born in Yerevan in 1941. He has graduated the Yerevan Theatre and Fine Arts Institute in 1966. He had participated in numerous young artists exhibitions in Armenia and the Soviet Union. Since 1968 he was a member of the Artists' Union of Armenia. His works had been exhibited in major cities of the U.S.S.R. (Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi) as part of solo and group shows. He had taken part in the Festival of Armenian Art "From Urartu to the Present" (Paris, 1970).
Ara Shiraz was characterized with his monumental sculptural works of art such as the monuments of Paruyr Sevag (Yerevan, 1974), Yeghishe Charents (Charentsavan, 1977), Alexander Miasnikyan (Yerevan, 1980), and William Saroyan (Yerevan's Pantheon, 1991).
In 1979 Ara Shiraz was awarded the State Award of Armenia for his ornamental sculptures decorating the facade of the Dvin Hotel in Yerevan. In 1977 he was granted the title of Meritorious Artist of Armenia. In 1987 he was elected the president of the Artists' Union of Armenia, and a member of the Secretariat of the Artists' Union of the U.S.S.R.
Ara Shiraz' most renowned works include the busts of Pablo Picasso, Yervand Kochar, Hovhannes Shiraz, and Vruir Galstian. Many of his sculptural compositions are in permanent exhibit in the Modern Art Museum of Armenia and the State Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Eastern Nations Museum of Art in Moscow.
Ara Shiraz' paintings and sculptures are found in many private collections throughout the world: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Beirut, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, etc.
Shiraz is also the author of Andranik's statue (2002). Andranik is sitting in two horses. They are symbolizing Western and Eastern Armenias.
The editorial staff of "Armenpress" News Agency offers its deepest condolences to the family members and relatives of the prominent sculptor.
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