Ara ShirazThursday, November 18, 2021
Ara Shiraz (June 8, 1941 – March 18, 2014) was an Armenian sculptor.
His mother and father were the poets Silva Kaputikyan and Hovhannes Shiraz.
Ara Shiraz was born Aramazd Karapetyan in Yerevan in 1941. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts and Theatre of Yerevan in 1966. He participated in numerous exhibitions of young artists in Armenia and the Soviet Union. He was a member of the Painters Union of Armenia from 1968 until his death. His works have been exhibited in major cities of the U.S.S.R. (Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi) as part of solo and group shows. He took part in the Festival of Armenian Art "From Urartu to the Present" (Paris, 1970).
Shiraz was characterized by his monumental sculptural works. He was awarded the State Award of Armenia for his ornamental sculptures decorating the facade of the Dvin Hotel in Yerevan. In 1977 he was granted the title of Emeritus Artist of Armenia. In 1987 he was elected the president of the Artists' Union of Armenia, and a member of the Secretariat of the Artists' Union of the U.S.S.R.
In 2017, his works were displayed at the National Gallery of Armenia in the "Ara Shiraz: Retrospective" exhibition.