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Art & Life with Krikor Tchay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krikor Tchay.

Krikor, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born on March 13, 1975 in Beirut, Lebanon. With rumblings of a Lebanese civil war on the horizon, my parents decided that it was time to move to Los Angeles in hopes of a better future. From a very young age, I showed an interest in drawing. However, throughout my life I managed to avoid every “sign” that was handed to me. I even applied to Pasadena Art Center and was accepted into their fine art program. Once I realized the cost of tuition would be a huge burden, I put my dream on hold. I would continue drawing, painting and photography. I kept my artwork to myself and would draw and paint because it brought me happiness.

In 2014, world-renowned artist Charles Garabedian discovered one of my pieces displayed at my friend’s shop. He invited me to his studio and encouraged me to pursue my art full-time approving of all my crazy ideas. It’s only then I began to start taking things more seriously and honing in and sharpening my style and technique. I thought to myself, why not and what if?…..So here I am today blessed and so grateful to be featured in this article…..It’s key to understand that my unique story, my art, only exists because of you. My art isn’t only my story, it’s our story.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art combines the concept of fluidity, improvisation and structure. These pieces are meant to convey various messages, emotions and ideas challenging the very core of how we perceive life today. It is meant to be a reflection of our mistakes, insecurities and guilty pleasures. The intent is for you to see the beauty found in pain, and the undeniable pain found in all things beautiful.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
The best way to meet other artists is going to art shows. Check out your local art galleries and see when they’re having an opening night featuring other artists. Dive in and introduce yourself to everyone. If you’re shy, take a friend with you. I also highly recommend Instagram. I’ve met so many amazing artists all over the world through IG. Let’s be honest, we only feel lonely because we go into that introvert mindset which is sometimes aided by laziness. There are artists all around you, so just slap yourself in the face and get out there.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
To see more of my work and upcoming shows, you can follow me on Instagram and visit my site.

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Profile Picture: Photography credit: Gilbert Molinet

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