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Achot Achot

Achot Achot - painter
"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.

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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.

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Credentials

Group exhibitions

  • 2017
    Troisième étage, 30 ans / Gyumri – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2017
    25 years after / Espace – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2015
    Art Paris Art Fair / Galerie Seine 51 – Paris, France
  • 2015
    Auf Mnemosynes Wohl! / Maxim Gorki Theater – Berlin, Germany
  • 2015
    Anges d'Arc / Église Saint-Merry – Paris, France
  • 2015
    Holy Independent Space / Geh8 – Dresden, Germany
  • 2015
    GRANDCHILDREN / Depo – Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2013
    At the Crossroads: Contemporary Art from the Caucasus and Central Asia / Sotheby's – Londres, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    Triple saut / Galerie Seine 51 – Paris, France
  • 2011
    Festival international d'art contemporain / Espace – Tcherkassy, Ukraine
  • 2010
    Hold the line / Galerie Seine 51 – Paris, France
  • 2009
    Voulu/obligé / Biennale de Venise – Venise, Italy
  • 2009
    thisPLACEd / Espace – Tallin, Estonia
  • 2008
    Exposition collective / Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2008
    White now! / Galerie Seine 51 – Paris, France
  • 2007
    I colori dell'Armenia / Castel Sant Angelo – Roma, Italy
  • 2007
    L'art contemporain d'Arménie / Orangerie du Luxembourg – Paris, France
  • 2007
    Underconstruction - Visual Dialogue / Espace – Venise, Italy
  • 2007
    Grand Bleu : rêves de la mer entre Gyumri / Galerie Artcore – Paris, France
  • 2007
    Festival international d'art contemporain / Espace – Ezanville, France
  • 2006
    Grand Bleu : rêves de la mer entre Gyumri / Gevorgyan gallery – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2006
    Biennale Internationale d'art contemporain / Biennale Internationale d'art – Gyumri, Armenia
  • 2005
    INDEPENDENCIA MAMM / Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin – Medellin, Colombia
  • 2005
    Festival de performances / Espace – Manizales, Colombia
  • 2005
    Festival de performances / Espace – Medellin, Colombia
  • 2004
    Festival de performances / Healing of Art – Los Angeles, United States
  • 2004
    Festival international d'art contemporain / Espace – Ezanville, France
  • 2004
    Abstractionism in Armenia / Galerie Akanat – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2003
    Le dynamisme de développement de l'art abstrait en Arménie dans les années 80 — 90 / Galerie Akanat – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2003
    Annual Art Fair and Festival / Park Labrea – Los Angeles, United States
  • 2003
    Extra muros / Espace Le 148 – Alfortville, France
  • 2003
    Getting closer / IFA — Galerie – Bonn, Germany
  • 2003
    Exposition individuelle / Bunker Don O'Melveny Gallery – Hollywood, United States
  • 2003
    Homeless Art / Enisen Gallery – Los Angeles, United States
  • 2002
    Loisirs et Culture / Espace – Ezanville, France
  • 2001
    Exposition collective / Bunker – Los Angeles, United States
  • 2001
    Au-delà des icônes / Galerie Nationale d'Arménie – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2001
    Art Bunker in Moskau / ZDH – Moscou, Russia
  • 2000
    Engrenage extrême / La Galerie YVART – Paris, France
  • 2000
    Tentation céleste / Groupe ABRI – Paris, France
  • 2000
    Exposition collective / Bunker – Los-Angeles, United States
  • 1998
    Verbe/expression / Espace – Ezanville, France
  • 1997
    Rêves et visions / Espace – Chicago, United States
  • 1997
    On the way 20 — 21 / Espace – Anvers, Belgium
  • 1997
    Ouverture, Regards du monde / Le Toit de La Grande Arche – Paris, France
  • 1997
    Estampes contemporaines / Galerie Empreintes – Ezanville, France
  • 1996
    Les oeuvres de la collection / Galerie TAAK – Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1995
    Stream of Fire / Espace – Nicosie, Cyprus
  • 1993
    IDENTIFICATION / Musée d'Art Moderne d'Erevan – Erevan, Armenia
  • 1993
    Exposition collective / Galerie STIL – Erevan, Armenia
  • 1992
    9 - neuf / Musée d'Art Moderne d'Erevan – Erevan, Armenia
  • 1991
    L'art sans traces / Festival de happenings – Eregnadzor, Armenia
  • 1991
    L'art contemporain / Musée d'Art Moderne d'Erevan – Erevan, Armenia
  • 1990
    Exposition collective / Musée d'Art Moderne d'Erevan – Erevan, Armenia
  • 1989
    L'avant-garde de l'Arménie à Paris / Chapelle de la Salpêtrière – Paris, France
  • 1989
    Fine Art Degree Show / Espace – Erevan, Armenia
  • 1989
    Festival de happenings / Espace – Anikstchaï, Lithuania
  • 1988
    Festival de happenings / Espace – Anikstchaï, Lithuania
  • 1987
    3e étage / Espace – Erevan, Armenia

Solo exhibitions

  • 2007
    Exposition individuelle / Musée Muséum départemental de Gap – Gap, France
  • 2006
    Méditations chromatiques / Musée d'Art Contemporain d'Erevan – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2006
    Afactum + 15 / Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2006
    Point, ligne, méditation / Centre Narekatsi – Erevan, Armenia
  • 2006
    Binerf / Galerie Artcore – Paris, France
  • 2005
    Exposition individuelle / Galerie Artcore – Paris, France
  • 1999
    Exposition individuelle / Atelier Planchat – Paris, France
  • 1999
    Exposition individuelle / Galerie TPG – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1998
    Exposition individuelle / Galerie La Fleur d'Or – Paris, France
  • 1995
    Exposition individuelle / Galerie Les Cents – Paris, France
  • 1988
    Exposition individuelle / L'église de la ville de Panévégis – Panévégis, Lithuania
  • 1981
    Exposition individuelle / Conservatoire National d'Arménie – Erevan, Armenia

Permanent collections

  • 2017
    Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia
  • 2016
    Musée d'Art Contemporain HAI ART, Armenia
  • 2015
    Musée d'Art Contemporain d'Erevan, Armenia
  • 2014
    Musée de la ville de Panévégis, Armenia
  • 2013
    Ministère de la culture d'Arménie, Armenia
  • 2012
    Centre d'Art Contemporain de Gumri, Armenia
  • 2012
    Fonds régional d'art contemporain, France
  • 2011
    Pharos Centre of Contemporary Art, Cyprus
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