Many Armenian's have contributed to Armenian culture throughout the centuries. In this section you can discover a few people stand out amidst many. They have in many ways shaped modern Armenia, as well as the rest of the world in their contributions.
Hakob Hovnatanian occupies a special place in Armenian painting for brilliant artistry in his portraits. He is responsible for the linking of Armenian paintings with secular paintings.
Grigor Khanjian, a brilliant book illustrator, painter, and tapestry designer, is well known in Armenia and throughout the European region. The artist casts a modern look upon historical events, and evaluates them in the light of the spiritual experience of the twentieth century.
The people's Artist Hakop Kojoyan was one of the founders of Armenian drawing who also worked in the genres of painting and applied art. Born to an Armenian jeweler in Akhaltsikhe, Kojoyan was trained in the art of engraving, goldsmithing and silversmithing before he left home.
As an artist, Avetisian's real emergence was at the "Exhibition of Five" in Yerevan in 1962, where he revealed himself as a mature painter with a bright individuality. In the presence of a large group of visitors and representatives of the press, the French artist Jean Lurcat exclaimed: "This artist rivals France's best painters".
Love of life and patriotism were the two most important features that determined the essence of Martiros Saryan's nature. Saryan presented a perfect combination of a down-to-earth man and of an intellectual. Blessed with natural wisdom the artist was always a reserved man of few words.