Lebanese-American, b.1949 in Beirut to Armenian Genocide survivors. Semi-abstract figurative expressionist contemporary painter, Missak Terzian studied at Ecole d’Art Guvder in 1968 and graduated from London College of Printing in 1971.
He held his first major art exhibition in 1984. Since then, the artist has participated in 127 exhibitions worldwide.
His paintings are part of many collections in Europe, United States, the Middle East, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and the Republic of China; namely the Saudi Royal family and prominent Lebanese political personalities.
His works are on permanent display throughout Lebanon, at the Bank Audi head office, the Armenian catholicossate of Cilicia Museum, Haigazian University, the Sursock Museum, the Museum of Bzommar and the Bank of Sharjah head offices.
With an innate and primal impulse to create, figurative artist Missak Terzian is in timeless search for existentialism and is eager to record time and occurrences. “For me, painting is a visual testament of the mind, body and spirit. Distortion and Exaggeration triggers a continuous search into an unknown semi-abstraction ” Missak Explains.
1969 Graduated from Guvder Art School, Beirut, Lebanon
1971 Graduated from London College of Printing, London, United Kingdom
1967 1st. Prize of Jury Paul Guiragossian, U.J.A.C., Bourj Hamoud, Lebanon
1996 2nd. Prize at the 2nd Egyptian Print Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
1989 Member of Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
1997 Member the Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon
2007 Member of the Contemporary Art Network, New York, U.S.A.
2008 Member the Lebanese Artists Association, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Artblend, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
2013 Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York, U.S.A.
1987-1999 Galerie Epreuve d’Artiste, Beirut, Lebanon
1992-1993 Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
2009-2010 Noah’s Ark Gallery, Zalka, Lebanon
2009-present Alwane Gallery, Saifi Village, Beirut, Lebanon
2009-2011 Arts & Beyond, Sodeco Square, Beirut, Lebanon
2010-Present, Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery, Bourj Hamoud, Lebanon
2011-Present, Galerie Matignon, Horch Tabet, Lebanon
2013-Present Artblend, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
2013-Present, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York, U.S.A.
Works on Display
– Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery, Bourj Hamoud, Lebanon
– Galerie Matignon, Horch Tabet, Lebanon
– Artblend, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft.Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
– Alwane Gallery, Saifi Village, Beirut, Lebanon
– Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York, U.S.A.
Artist’s Statement: Timeless Dream
As time controls us, I experience timelessness through my paintings. Deep in my creative world and submerged into classical music, only a wall clock in my studio or a phone call consciously shifts my focus of attention to time and existence.
So time does not have to control or define me. Time would definitely shape and limit my life if I allow it.
I am not at the end of a process. I am the process, similar to the original force of cosmic explosions, unfolding and expanding forever. As long as I create, I become part of the energy of the universe beyond definition, evolving creatively and transforming art several more times, over and over.
To truly start to see my works as they are, you have to go into them. Be them. Feel them. My Soul is in every single brush stroke. Being who I am, I call into being the timeless light in every painting I create.
Dreaming is an embodiment of Creation which is the source of perpetual creating and therefore helps me give a meaning to my art. Art is more than an object-painting. It’s not just a thing. It’s hundreds of hours of failures and experimentations. It’s days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. It’s a piece of my heart, part of my soul, a moment of my life. When my dream is transferred to you, you become part of it.
This is the true meaning of the Timeless Dream.
2016 “Silent Sounds” Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery, Bourj-Hamoud, Lebanon
2014 “Timeless Dream” Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery, Bourj-Hamoud, Lebanon
2012 “A Touch of Passion”,Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery, Bourj-Hamoud, Lebanon
2011 “Re-Birth”,Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery, Bourj-Hamoud, Lebanon
2009 “Vibrations”,Galerie Alwane, Saifi Village, Beirut District Center, Lebanon
2008 “Her There and Yonder”,Matossian Gallery, Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon
2005 “Still and Still Life”,Galerie Surface Libre, Jal el Dib, Lebanon
2002 Galerie Rochane, Verdun, Beirut, Lebanon
1999 Galerie Épreuve d’Artiste, Beirut, Lebanon
1996 Galerie Épreuve d’Artiste, Beirut, Lebanon
1994 Galerie Épreuve d’Artiste, Beirut, Lebanon
1992 AGBU Art Gallery, Hamazkayin Cultural Society, Los Angeles, Ca., U.S.A.
1992 Tekeyan Cultural Center, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
1991 Sherry Frumkin Gallery (Two from Beirut) Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
1988 Galerie Épreuve d’Artiste, Kaslik, Lebanon
1987 Galerie Épreuve d’Artiste, Kaslik, Lebanon
1986 Araradian Cultural Center, Jeitawi, Lebanon
1984 Galerie Chahine, Verdun and Kaslik, Lebanon
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