"When I paint, I am in a meditative state. The world within the workshop must be empty in order to welcome in this universal sense and express it."
Achot Achot, whose real name is Achot Kazarian, is a French artist of Armenian origin. He practices painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and performing arts. Combining a meditative and spiritual approach to his art, his work is the culmination but also the medium of a universally philosophical quest surrounding science and the creation of the cosmos.
Art in the blood
Achot Achot was born with a pencil in his hand: “I didn’t have to make any effort in order to see myself as an artist. Art ran in my veins. This came from my past lives.” Having always felt a visceral need to express himself through art, he studied at the Terlemezian School in Yerevan and then at the Institute of Visual and Dramatic Arts. He discovered the apocryphal gospels in the 1980’s and realised that each religion is a specific interpretation of the same truth. The themes that recur in his compositions are the spiritual realm and angels. And, since 1988, his works follow the guiding thread of an art form that he describes as permanent and which make an impression on the viewer.Read more
A spiritual and meditative art form
Not wishing to restrict his style to a single discipline, Achot Achot varies the mediums, the backing and the techniques that he uses. It is purely the significance of the work which is important to him, regardless of the medium used. Searching above all to live with a more intense spirituality through art, he qualifies his works as “a factum,” in order to express the eternal notion of art as being of the soul. In order to achieve this goal, he repeats certain images in his paintings with the same elements undergoing more intense and varied changes of form and size within these cosmic compositions where the principle is close to the Hindu or Buddhist mandalas (spiritual and ritual symbols). His pictorial approach to photography also excludes any narrative aspect with the work being simply a contemplative and meditative process.
An artist with an international vocation.
Achot Achot is now exhibiting worldwide: in France and Armenia, of course, but also in the United States, Germany, Italy, the Ukraine and Russia. His work is also represented in both numerous public and private collections. But the time spent in his studio has the most value in the eyes of the artist. He says, “The process is more important than the result.Hide