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Hagop Keledjian

Biography - Hagop Keledjian

Hagop was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1954. His vocation as a painter affirmed itself at the young age of twelve when he entered the School of Painting for Young Artists. Upon graduation from college, Hagop was accepted into the Aprahamian Art Studio where he learned his technique. Aprahamian was the master of European realism and the follower of Velázquez. Studies with him involved working exclusively from life, at first using the conceptual and technical methods of the Spanish, Russian, and French impressionism. The emphasis of each period was on Direct Painting from life.

Hagop, being free spirited and trying to find his own artistic identity, found himself intellectually and morally in conflict with the academic and political pressures of communist society. In 1981, with his family, Hagop immigrated to the United States of America and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. He continues to improve his education as an artist with the art studio of Richard Schmid in Vermont.

One of his works is permanently exhibited at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Massachusetts. The Boston merchants of Newbury Street have also mounted a bronze plaque on the street wall to honor Hagop as master painter. Recently, Hagop has also been given 1st prize for submission in the International Artists Magazine Competition for 2007. He is represented by the following galleries on the East Coast: J. Todd Galleries in Wellesley, MA; Summer House Gallery in Rockport, MA; Lilly Pad Gallery in Watch Hill, RI; and Susan Powell Fine Art in Connecticut.