Vagan Sakian


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Vagan Sakian (Сакиян Ваган Еревандович, 15 October 1926 – 25 august 2002).
Originally from the village of Lchashen in Armenia. Sakian participated the WW2, settled in Moscow, and worked as a driver. After retirement in 70’s suffered 2 years depression, and start to paint to overcome it. In 1988, for first time began to sell his paintings in Izmailovo. Since the beginning of 1990 ‘ was exhibited in galleries, worked for collectors.
Primitive has deep national roots in Armenia: in 1960-70-ies in the republic were many naive artists, most of their works thanks to the wide Armenian Diaspora were exported abroad.
The intense expressive colors, expressive artistic image are the characteristics of a small but well-lined compositions of Sakian.
Like many of the primitive master Sakian repeated his favorite subjects to ten or twenty times. However, each painting was not a copy of the previous one, and contained own image and even different accents.

Solo exhibitions:
Cinema Club, Leningrad, 1975;
Dar Gallery, Moscow, 1992.

Exhibition of works of Moscow artists, ENEA (Pavilion
“Culture House”), 1975;
Amateur artists to Motherland, Moscow, 1977;
From the naive art …Moscow, 1991;
Myth and reality in naive art, the Museum “Tsarino”, 1992;
Naive Art Russia, 1997.
All-Union Exhibition, Moscow, 1987;
Naive Art Russia, 1997;
Festnaiv 04. Collections Museum “Tsaritsyno”.
Naive art in the collection of Bohemian and K. A. Turchin. Exhibition hall “Ark”. Moscow. 1998; Erste Begeg- nung …, (Germany), 1999;
Russische Naieven … (Holland) in 2000;
Paradise apples, 2000;
Fair “Art Manege”, Moscow, 2004
Museum of everything, 2013

Museum “Tsaritsyno”
Vladimir-Suzdal Museum

World Encyclopedia of Naive Art, p. 512-513;
Amateur art in the Soviet Union. Sketches of history. Late 50’s – early 90-ies. State Institute of Art, St. .Petersburg, 1999.