Charles Garabedian

Charles Garabedian (Armenian: Չարլզ Կարապետյան, December 29, 1923 – February 11, 2016) was an American-Armenian artiste known for his paintings and drawings rich in references to Greek and Chinese symbolism. His artwork reveals a severely personal world that explores the association between painting and sculpture.

Garabedian was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Armenian immigrants who had attain the U.S. to leave suddenly the Armenian genocide. Garabedian's mommy died similar to he was two and his dad was unable to take care of the three children. Garabedian lived in an orphanage until age nine, when he, his father, and siblings moved to Los Angeles, California.

From 1942-1945, Garabedian served as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force and was an aerial gunner in the European theater during World War II. Under the support of the G.I. Bill, Garabedian studied literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1947 to 1948. He later went on to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor's degree in records in 1950. He established his master's degree in 1961 at the University of California Los Angeles. He did not, however, become an artist until complex in his life.

When in his forties, Garabedian began to investigate the relationships between painting and drawing. His interest with China is reflected in many of his pieces incorporating dragons and ornate grillwork and pattern. Although his most prolific period was in the late 1960s, later in his activity he still continued to paint. The first solo exhibition of his be active was held at the Ceeje gallery in Los Angeles (1963) and subsequent one man shows followed at the Fine Arts Gallery at California State University, Northridge (1974), and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City (1976). His bureau exhibitions insert the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition: Contemporary American Art, New York (1975) and others. In 1979, he was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts. In 2011, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art hosted a retrospective of Garabedian's work. He died on February 11, 2016 at the age of 92.

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