b. 1969, Egypt

Armen Agop Biography

In his sculptures, Armen Agop uses black granite and basalt as his main mediums of expression. These compact and hard stones possess a strong inner gravity as they stubbornly refuse to break apart. Within the ancient culture of Egypt, granite was the material prominently employed in architectural construction and art. Agop has revived old sculpture techniques, adopting skills to his stonework from hundreds of years back in a perpetual quest for the purest form. His work has often been described as “Contrasting Art” where the contemporary and the ancient meet; the strength of the heritage within these materials responds to a certain sensuality of form that emanates from the future holding an essence of its own. Armen Agop’s artistic presence emanates from his cross-cultural philosophy.

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Armen Agop was born in Cairo of Armenian descent in 1969. He graduated from the sculpture department in the Faculty of Fine Arts from Helwan University, Cairo in 1992. Agop received an Assistant Research Scholarship at the Faculty of Fine Arts. In 1998, he won the Sculpture prize at the Autumn Salon, Cairo Egypt. His national recognition was confirmed in 2000 upon receiving the Prix de Rome. After moving to Italy, his works were displayed in the National Gallery of Modern Art. His sculptures can be seen at: the Egyptian Academy in Rome, the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Rome, and the Centro Culturale L. Russo in Pietrasanta, Italy. His international exhibitions include Florida, China, Norway, Spain, Holland and Denmark. He participated in the international sculpture Biennale in 2003 in Japan. His works are also presented in the Egyptian Modern Art Museum, Egypt, Aswan Open Air Museum, Aswan, Open Air Museum of St. Martin Park, Comblain-au-pont, Belgium, and Coral Springs Museum of Art in Florida, USA.

Agop’s latest exhibition was held at the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale 2010, China. The artist presently lives and works in Italy. 

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