MARTIN ADALIAN (b. 1972, Yerevan, Armenia) graduated from the Terlemezian Art College of Yerevan, Armenia before moving to the United States in 1990. He started painting when he was three years old as a result of growing up amongst a dynasty of family artists including his father, uncle, and cousins. Adalian has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia.
“The inspiration for these portraits came about year and a half ago when I went to Vatican museum in Rome. There is a large room with these ancient portrait sculptures along both walls. I was in shock when I first saw them. Portraits of Cesars, slaves, philosophers, ordinary people from Roman Empire. Some of them broken after all this time without noses, ears. And an idea came into my head, realizing that people’s faces don’t really change and modern faces are in actuality very ancient. So I started doing these portraits mixing new and old and trying to connect modern art to classical.”
May 30, 2021