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Meet Larisa Safaryan of Wood Symphony Gallery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Larisa Safaryan.

Wood Symphony Gallery founded by Larisa is committed to present to collectors, museums, educators and the general public, the finest contemporary artists working in wood, with an emphasis on studio turned and sculpted wood. Through gallery exhibitions, printed catalogs and ongoing documentation, we endeavor to expand the boundaries of contemporary artistic practice and increase the exposure of workers in this field.

Wood Symphony Gallery is an online gallery formed to take the place of the brick and mortar del Mano Gallery. The original gallery was founded by Raymond Leier and Jan Peters in 1973 as an exhibition space for contemporary artist residing in the United States. Today Wood Symphony Gallery represents artists from around the world, focusing its efforts on the emerging field of contemporary wood art.

Larisa is an artist herself. Her unique carvings on eggshells are her subtle but direct expression of the joy, energy and emotionality that she carries inside her. Larisa has never attended an art class, but her fingers and creative imagination are everything she ever needed to create art which is like nothing that exists at this time.

Her carvings are delicate but intense, elaborate yet simple, harmonious and elegant.

Each carving is truly one of a kind. The spirit of innovation and excitement is at the heart of all that Larisa creates. The love, passion and thought that goes into each of her carvings is truly inspirational.

Larisa was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She has never attended an art class. It’s not a surprise, however, that she started carving after seeing the work of her father, Nairi Safaryan. She has a master’s degree in Psychology and a second master’s degree in Public Management. These obviously have nothing to do with art. Her talent and passion for art reside inside her until she beautifully displays it to the world through her carvings.

She claims that nature and people are her greatest inspiration. Without question, she is an innovator in what she does. Currently, Larisa lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Selected Awards:
-2017 First Place Award | Mixed Media-3D, Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
-2015 First Place Award | Mixed Media-3D, Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
-2015 Illustrious Artist Award, City Council of the City of Calabasas, Calabasas, CA
-2014 Best in Show Award, Open Call 2014, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
-2014 NICHE Awards Finalist, Philadelphia, PA
-2014 First Place Award, Glendale Art Association, Glendale, CA

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think it could ever be a smooth road starting your own business. However, when you have a passion for what you do, you can always find ways to overcome the obstacles. Solving problems is one of the fun aspects of conducting business.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Wood Symphony Gallery story. Tell us more about the business.
Wood Symphony Gallery is proud to represent over 150 world-renowned and internationally recognized masters of wood art. We represent artists from Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, UK, and throughout the United States. Our exhibitions curated by Larisa Safaryan are an overview of what is currently going on in the world of fine contemporary wood art.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Wood Symphony Gallery is one of the biggest galleries in Southern California representing over 150 most prominent national and international masters of the fine wood art. We want to continue working with the finest artists in the field, expand the boundaries of contemporary artistic practice and increase the exposure of work in this field.

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