About Anna Manukyan
My name is Anna. I am a US based Armenian abstract artist currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Art is in my blood, in my veins and soul. My father was an artist and I remember the smell of those paints, the play of the brush on the canvas from my childhood. My father had a great influence on my worldview, taught me to understand, to love, to live by art. I attended art school when I was a child. I remember painting all the time.
Art became an integral part of my life, my lifestyle and I decided to go to university to deepen my knowledge. During the five years of studying at the university, I simply enjoyed the breath of art, I discovered the colors of art within me and started to love the abstract from those years. Although I was painting in every style, the play of colors, the free movement of the brushstrokes, the expression of emotions through colors were just another world for me and I began to immerse myself in abstract art. During my student years and after graduating from university, I participated in many exhibitions. Then in 2015 my husband and I moved from Armenia to the United States. New country added new colors to my paintings, new images. Everything was new and fresh. Here I also had some interesting exhibitions. It was really motivating to see the reaction and admiration of people in a foreign country. It was even more exciting when people purchased my work. And here began my second life in art.
I am inspired by nature, music, poetry, and all of these are mixed with my emotions and then the canvas is filled with the colors of my own soul.
I like the following words by Arshile Gorky. “Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes … Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.”