Garo Antreasian

(b. 1922)

Biography

Throughout the years Antreasian’s art has been characterized by his strong sense of architectonic structure and his abiding interest in the rhythmic patterns of ornamental design. Antreasian draws inspiration from the rich decorative traditions of ancient Mediterranean, African, and Middle Eastern cultures, and he can find playful abstraction in the bold lettering of commercial graphics and in the interlocking patterns of parquet floors. His works tend to rely on an assembly of shifting planar elements reminiscent of collage or the large-scale cut-outs of Matisse. Structurally, they will often resemble architectural façades, courtyard doors, or irregularly tiled walls, monumental heraldic shields, or memorial panels. Hieratic and fully self-contained, they hold inscrutable mysteries within their decorative exuberance and their quiet and stately dignity.

Antreasian’s exhibition history spans more than 50 years. His paintings, drawings, and master prints are housed in over 60 museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe. The founding Technical Director of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Antreasian has also been a revered professor at the Herron School of Art and the University of New Mexico.