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NAIRI SAFARYAN

b. 1958, Shushi, Armenia

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Folk Art Museum, Yerevan, Armenia

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012 Safaryan: A Father and Daughter Exhibition, del Mano - A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC,

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Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano - A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC, delmano.com

2011 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

Inside & Outside The Box, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Turned Wood - Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

New Perspectives In Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Woodcarving Show, Romana Country Carvers, San Jacinto, CA

2007 Solo Exhibition, Naregatsi Art Center, Yerevan, Armenia

2005 International Exhibition, Kazan Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

2002 Spirit of Wood, California State Fair, Sacramento, C

5th Annual Cambria Wood Show, Cambria, CA

Wood Fair 2002, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA

International Woodworking Symposium, Provo, UT

Clark County Fair, Logandale, NV

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2007  Official periodical of “Oukht Ararati” LTD Yerevan, Armenia. May-June

"Afisha” Magazine Yerevan, Armenia. April

"Golos Armenii” Yerevan, Armenia. April

2005  Book by Yakob Zargaryan. ISBN 99930-4-47-7  Yerevan, Armenia

2003  “The  New Era” magazine. Las Vegas, Nevada. December, Volume 33. N12

“Golos Armenii” Yerevan, Armenia. December

2002  “Chip Chats” magazine of National Wood Carvers Association Cincinnati, Ohio. Sept. - Oct.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Nairi Safaryan was born in Shushi, Armenia and as a child his whittling knife was his favorite toy; he joyfully carved early designs out of native tree branches.  Mr. Safaryan first used a saw at age four and promptly cut the wood supports out from under the family dinner table.  His parents merely shrugged and said, “It’s his first work - he’s learning”.  Learning, it turns out, would be a lifelong journey for Mr. Safaryan.  In 1973, Mr. Safaryan moved to Yerevan, Armenia where he attended the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Upon graduation, he took a promising Engineering position where he met his future wife, Anahit.  However, Mr. Safaryan was soon inspired to attempt his first serious woodcarving project.  It took the form of a grandfather figure, and upon completion it brought his grandmother to tears by its resemblance to her late husband. 

In 1991, Mr. Safaryan decided to follow his “first love” and began to carve professionally.  After finding early success through joining the prestigious Art Fund, he began to show his work at the Vernissage outdoor art fair.  His “Vine Leaves and Fruits” Jewelry Box, carved from a single block of pearwood found in a local orchard, caught the eye of visiting U.S. Congressman James Sensenbrenner (WI) who purchased the intricately carved piece.  Mr. Safaryan spent the following years further refining his technical skill and harnessing his abundant artistic talent; pushing and redefining the limits of design and thinness.  In 1996, Mr. Safaryan was honored with the title “Folk Master” after his work was shown at the Yerevan Folk Art Museum. 

In 1999, Mr. Safaryan started bringing his pieces to the United States.  Soon thereafter he began teaching his unique style of carving in the U.S. and submitting his works to American galleries, exhibitions and shows.  Mr. Safaryan has since received “Best In Show” accolades from numerous exhibitions and his world-class carved pieces are now shown in museums and private-collections around the world.  He currently resides in Southern California where he continues to create inspired works while watching his talented daughter, Larisa, explore her own breathtaking artistry. 

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