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Karo Alexanian

Karo Alexanian was born in Georgia in 1956. He graduated from the Yerevan School of Fine Arts in Armenia and studied painting at the Studio of Painting and Graphic Arts in Moscow, where he was assigned important mural commissions. He has lived in Quebec since 1997, has been a member of the international Union of Artists since 1994, and has exhibited his works across Europe, the United States and Canada.

At first glance, Karo’s portraits and still lifes seem to be derived from the great ancient Egyptian frescoes. Figures and objects from daily life are reproduced using a strikingly fresh combination of simple lines, colours and texture. Described by the artist as "primitive contemporary," the work is akin to studied observation – a generalization of form that allows the artist to free up the essential and transform it with gesture. As a result of this process, portraits are reduced to a combination of singular planes – faces become masks and yet still reflect the interior harmony of the subjects.

Karo is adamant, however, that the emphasis of his art is not on technique. "I am always trying to incorporate a spiritual side to my work," he says, "something I find strangely absent from a lot of modern art". The position of the figures in Décision I and II, for example, suggest a basic emotional state. Facial expressions are not required for the viewer to empathize with the quandary that Karo’s subjects are experiencing. In Décision I, the subject seems almost paralyzed as to what direction to take while the stark, worrisome eye of the vase goads the person onwards. In Décision II, the figure is again placed in an almost bare room with an accompanying still life; however, in this case the subject is slightly hunched over, almost too resigned to consider any options. Karo’s style is very reminiscent of Dallaire, but his subject matter suggests something much more emotional and provocative.

Rouge et Noire
Mixed media on board
48" X 48"
Grand Nu II
Acrylic on board
40" X 50"
Le penseur sur la sphère
Acrylic on Panel
48" X 30"
Méditation
Acrylic on Panel
40" X 43"
Ombres
Mixed media on board
48" X 48"
Le mouvement
Acrylic on Panel
40" X 48"
Réflexion
Acrylic on Panel
40" X 35"
Symbole d’éternité
Acrylic on Panel
48" X 40"
Nostalgie
Acrylic on Panel
24" X 31"
Penseuse sur la sphère
Acrylic on Panel
40" X 24"
Personnage masqué
Acrylic on Panel
24" X 15"
Composition monumentale II
Mixed media on board
50" X 50"
Le Grand voyageur II
Mixed media on board
48" X 48"
Composition symbolique II
Mixed media on board
14" X 48"
Dialogue I
Mixed media on board
48" X 60"
Temps de Repos
Acrylic on board
36" X 48"
Composition symbolique I
Mixed media on board
40" X 60"
Expression interne
Mixed media on board
48" X 36"
   

 

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Dialogue V
Acrylic on Panel
30" X 24"
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Femme bleue, citron vert
Acrylic on Panel
48" X 40"
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L'allégorie
Acrylic on Panel
48" X 20"
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Femme passionnée
Acrylic on Panel
31" X 20"
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Danse éternelle
Mixed media on board
48" X 66"
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Le Grand voyageur I
Mixed media on board
48" X 48"
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Figure Stylisée I
Acrylic on Board
36" X 36"
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Perfection de la forme
Acrylic on Board
36" X 36"
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Adoration III
Mixed media on board
48" X 14"
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Tendresse
Mixed media on board
30" X 24"
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Le signe de l'infini
Mixed media on board
48" X 60"
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Composition symbolique III
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40" X 60"
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Dialogue III
Acrylic on board
44" X 48"
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Personnage à l'oiseau
Acrylic on board
36" X 15"
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Personnage sur fond vert
Acrylic on board
23" X 20"
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Attente
Acrylic on board
30" X 24"
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Meditation
Acrylic on board
31" X 24"
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Personnage et ie cercie
Acrylic on board
24" X 22"
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Solo
Acrylic on board
36" X 36"
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Evasion
Acrylic on board
20" X 32"
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Composition Monumental
Acrylic on board
48" X 46"
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Trois Poires
Acrylic on board
24" X 22"
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Réflexion
Mixed media on board
48" X 44"
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Personnage et la Sphère
Mixed media on board
40" X 24"
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Illumination
Mixed media on board
48" X 36"
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Le Sage
Mixed media on board
48" X 36"
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Profile de femme
Acrylic on Panel
48" X 20"

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Fusion
Acrylic on Panel
35" X 48"
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