Famous and unknown Hakob Hakobyan

“The most impressive portrait is the portrait of man” with these words of famous Armenian painter-sculptor Hakob Hakobyan the artist’s works exhibition has been inaugurated in the National Gallery.

Not only the famous works of the artist, who died a year ago, but also new works have been presented at the exhibition.

Hakob Hakobyan was born in 1923 in Egypt. At the age of 21 for the first time he took part in Armenian painters’ exhibition in Cairo with 3 small paintings, which attracted the attention of media.

During 1952-1954 with the support of Armenian community he left for Paris and studied at the painting academy.

After 8 years together with his family he moved to the homeland and lived in Leninakan for five years.

Hakob Hakobyan got USSR State Prize, in 1977 he was awarded the title of People’s Artist of Armenia.

He died on March 9, 2013, and at the same year he was posthumously awarded the RA Presidential Award for “Love garden” series.