Public bids last farewell to Ara Shiraz
15:56, 22 March, 2014
YEREVAN, MARCH 22, ARMENPRESS. Friends, relatives, and fans of Ara
Shiraz bid last farewell to the prominent Armenian sculptor. The
Armenian public came to bid last farewell to the famed artist in the
building of the Artists' Union of Armenia on March 22. The attendants
noted with bitter sorrow that this is a pan-national loss, as Shiraz
left a very significant trace on the Armenian culture.
As reports "Armenpress", the People's Painter of the Republic of
Armenia, sculptor Levon Tokmajyan stated that Ara Shiraz was one of
the best artists of his generation. "Shiraz had a gift from God.
Vivid sensations, love, and motion were very characteristic of him,"
Levon Tokmajyan underscored.
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
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
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