Ara Shiraz

آرا شیراز

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Ara Shiraz (Armenian: Արա Շիրազ, 8 June 1941 – 18 March 2014) was an Armenian sculptor. His mother and father were the poets Silva Kaputikyan and Hovhannes Shiraz.


Ara Shiraz was born Aramazd Karapetyan (Արամազդ Կարապետյան) in Yerevan in 1941. He graduated from the Yerevan Theatre and Fine Arts Institute in 1966. He participated in numerous young artists exhibitions in Armenia and the Soviet Union. From 1968 until his death in 2014 he was a member of the Artists'' Union of Armenia. His works have been exhibited in major cities of the U.S.S.R. (Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi) as part of solo and group shows. He has taken part in the Festival of Armenian Art "From Urartu to the Present" (Paris, 1970).

Shiraz is characterized by his monumental sculptural works of art such as the monuments of Baruyr Sevag (Yerevan, 1974), Yeghishe Charents (Charentsavan, 1977), Alexander Myasnikyan (Yerevan, 1980) and William Saroyan (Yerevan''s Pantheon, 1991).

In 1979 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.

Shiraz'' most renowned works include the busts of Pablo Picasso, Yervand Kochar, Hovhannes Shiraz and Vruir Galstian. Many of his sculptural compositions are on permanent exhibit in the Modern Art Museum of Armenia, the State Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Eastern Nations Museum of Art in Moscow.

Shiraz''s 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 horse. They are symbolizing Western and Eastern Armenias.

WorksThe equestrian statue of Andranik by Shiraz near the Saint Gregory Cathedral in central Yerevan
  • Yeghishe Charents, Charentsavan, 1977
  • Paruyr Sevak, Yerevan, 1978
  • Aleksandr Myasnikyan, Yerevan, 1980
  • William Saroyan, Komitas Pantheon, Yerevan, 1984
  • Tigran Petrosian, Chess House, Yerevan, 1989
  • Hovhannes Shiraz Komitas Pantheon, 1989
  • Sergei Parajanov, Komitas Pantheon, 1999
  • Andranik In the front of the Saint Gregory the Illumminator Cathedral, 2002
  • Hovhannes Shiraz, Malatia-Sebastia District, Yerevan, 2005
  • Vazgen I, Vaskenian Theological Academy, Sevan, 2008
  • Andranik Ozanian''s statue

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