Several paintings by Prague Academy of Fine Arts graduate Argišt Alaverdyan, from the exhibition "New Wave: AVU Graduates 2017" at the National Gallery in Prague, have been selected for the project AVU Graduation Works Collection.

The project, supported by The Pudil Family Foundation, aims to build up a sub-collection of Kunsthalle Praha mapping, on a long-term basis, the work of graduates from the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) as well as other schools, and support the further creative output of selected artists.

Argišt Alaverdyan completed his period at Martin Mainer’s atelier with a series of fourteen paintings entitled Anomaly. In these abstract images, the artist uses organic and flexible shapes strongly defined by lines. Based on our partnership with AVU, and in line with our own collecting strategy, Anomaly has been chosen as the work most representative of the AVU graduate class of 2017. The five canvases selected (Anomaly 3, 5, 6, 8 and 11) will now enrich the growing collections of Kunsthalle Praha, joining the works of Jan Harant from the previous year.

Argišt Alaverdyan (*1991) was born in Armenia but has lived in the Czech Republic since he was two years old. After his graduation from the Václav Hollar Arts High School in Prague in 2011, he was awarded a place at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he worked in the ateliers of Zdeněk Beran, Vladimír Skrepl and Martin Mainer. His works have been shown in three solo and numerous group exhibitions.

Argišt Alaverdyan - Anomaly 11, 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm.

Argišt Alaverdyan - Anomaly 3, 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm.
Argišt Alaverdyan - Anomaly 8, 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm.
Argišt Alaverdyan - Anomaly 6, 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm.
Argišt Alaverdyan - Anomály 5, 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 110 cm.

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