Meet Sophia Gasparian
Sophia Gasparian (b. 1972, Armenia) is a Los Angeles based artist. Her work began in experimental film and later transitioned to installation combining video, sound and painting. In 1999, Gasparian graduated from San Francisco Art Institute with a Master’s in Fine Arts degree. Gasparian is a recipient of various grants including Barnsdall Arts Award by Lynn Zelevansky (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Gasparian’s poster art “Armenian Genocide 1915” is archived at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. In 2007, Sophia Gasparian’s multi media mural was installed at under construction: visual dialogue Isola di San Lazzaro (parallel to 52th Venice Biennial).
Gasparian’s narrative paintings intertwine childlike innocence with sociopolitical criticism and her aesthetic approach remains apart from mainstream art, incorporating stencils, stickers, spray paint and other nontraditional media. Sophia Gasparian lives and works in her studio in Los Angeles and exhibits internationally.
While equal human rights worldwide, ethnic dislocation and social identity form my everyday thinking and influence my art, I do not consider myself an art activist. I simply believe that art is a constructed contribution to the social structure of our society. My intention with each painting is to trigger an emotional reaction and alter the perspective of the viewers through illustration of a personal point of view.
Appearances at Live On Green