nAIRI SAFARYAN

 

Nairi Safaryan's uncanny eye for beauty, never failing imagination, limitless patience and innate artistry have catapulted this Armenian woodcarver and sculptor onto the fine arts stage, where his masterful works are exhibited in many museums and private collections around the world.

 

 

Each stunning piece is caved to the limits of the wood's capacity by combining technical knowledge with artistic talent. Digging several layers deep, Nairi Safaryan's expert hands achieve extraordinary levels of refinement that allow delicate leaves and petals to be paper thin, and fine tendril feather light and sinewy.

"I hear the quiet music of wood, and want to make it heard by others."

Biography

Nairi Safaryan was born in 1958 in the town of Shushi located in the Artsakh region of Armenia. Nairi's childhood is filled with memories of carving wooden toys, drawing and creating chalk sculptures. In 1973 he moved with his family to Yerevan. It was there that he attended Yerevan Polytechnic Institute and received his degree in engineering. Shortly after graduation he took a promising position with a prestigious company as an engineer. Nairi began his life as an engineer.

Even with his duties at work Nairi always found time for his carving. In 1987 Nairi Safaryan became a member of the Art Fund. Nairi Safaryan was working day and night combining his technical knowledge with his artistic talent. He could envision the finished design for his next piece. He began carving to the limits of the wood's strength, achieving extraordinary levels of thinness and refinement of the material. Safaryan begun to make a name for himself in the local art world garnering much respect and appreciation for his work from both his peers and local art critics.

In 1996, after being invited to participate in two exhibitions at the Yerevan Folk Art Museum, Safaryan was honored with the title of Folk Master. This honor was bestowed on him not only because he had reached the level of Master Woodcarver, but because Safaryan's work had a special charm which always showed his deep devotion to his roots and a great understanding of his national heritage.

Today, as a world-class artist working in wood, Nairi Safaryan's carvings can be found in many museums and private collections around the world.

Selected Awards

2014 1st Place Winner, Northwest Woodworkers Gallery

2013 Finalist, NICHE Awards Magazine

2013 Editor's Choice, Readers' Choice- Woodworking Excellence Awards, Popular Woodworking Magazine

2012 Stylized Carving Contest Winner, Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine

2011 Gil Borgos Originality Award, Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, CA

2010 The Grand Prize Winner, Carving Artistry Contest sponsored by PFEIL & Woodcraft Magazine

2009 Best of Show, California Carvers Guild

2009 Two First Places, Woodcarving Show, Romana Country Carvers, San Jacinto, CA

2009 Four Entries -4 1st Places, Orange County Carvers Show & Competition, Tustin, CA

2002 Best of the Best, 5th Annual Cambria Wood Show, Cambria, California

2002 People’s Choice Award, Smoky Hollow Chapter of CCG, Glendale, California

2002 Best of Show and First Place, Smoky Hollow Chapter of CCG, Glendale, California

 

Selected Exhibitions

2016

Turned and Sculpted Wood 2016, Wood Symphony Gallery, www.woodsymphony.com

Play, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

HOT TEA! 2016 Wood Symphony Gallery, www.woodsymphony.com

NICHE Awards Finalist Gallery, Washington, DC

2014

Father and Daughter Safaryan Exhibition, Consulate General of Armenia in Los Angeles, Glendale, CA

NICHE Awards Finalist Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Turned Wood - Small Treasures Spring 2014, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Small Treasures II, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Turned and Sculpted Wood 2013, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles

2012

Safaryan: A Father and Daughter Exhibition, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011

SOFA Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition Chicago, Illinois

Inside & Outside The Box, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California

New Perspectives In Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Recycling Trees, Glendale Woodturners Guild, Glendale, CA

Fall Salon, Glendale Art Association, Glendale, California

Solo Exhibition, Silvana Gallery, Glendale, California

2010

Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, California

Brentwood Art Show, Brentwood, California

2009

Orange County Carvers Show and Competition, Tustin, California

Santa Anita/Smoky Hollow Show, Arcadia, California

Woodcarving Show, Romana Country Carvers, San Jacinto, CA

2008

Del Mano Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, Los Angeles, California

2007

Solo Exhibition, Naregatsi Art Center, Yerevan, Armenia

2006

Museum of Folk Art, Yerevan, Armenia

Opening of Year of Armenia in Russia, Moscow, Russia

2005

International Exhibition, Kazan Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

2002

California’s “Spirit of Wood”, California State Fair, Sacramento, California

5th Annual Cambria Wood Show, Cambria, California

Wood Fair 2002, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California

International Woodworking Symposium, Provo, Utah

Smoky Hollow Chapter of CCG, in La Crescenta Park, Glendale, California

Clark County Fair, Logandale, Nevada

1999

Taminah Gallery, Park City, Utah

1996

Folk Art Museum, Yerevan, Armenia

 

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