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Born 1975, Antwerp, Belgium.

Born in Antwerp in 1975 but raised in New York City, Vahakn Arslanian began painting and working with glass at an early age. Deaf from birth and fascinated by the chaotic beauty of shattered glass, Vahakn found in his art both a route for his imaginative vision and a means of exploring the equilibrium between destruction and creation. His work frequently employs glass—sometimes broken, sometimes intact—as well as found or acquired objects like antique window sashes and hardware, massive airliner cockpit windows, lightbulbs, and even jet-engine fans. The images he places in and on the spaces thus created depict his vision of beauty and absurdity: a bird with a subway car for a 

 

Vahakn Arslanian 
1975 – Born in Antwerp 
1976 – Moved to New York City 
1983-95 – Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, Mill Neck, New York 
1994-95 – Miscellaneous courses at The New School and SVA, New York

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2015  Portraits, Marc Jancou Gallery, New York 

2013  Outsider Art Fair, Vito Schnabel 

2013  Wings of Light, Marc Jancou Gallery, Geneva 

2011  The Ones You Didn’t Write – The Maybach Car, Collaboration with Julian Schnabel, Grand Canal, Venice 

2010  Mr. Big Ben, 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London 

2009  Jesus Loves Captain Sully Sullenberger, curated by Vito Schnabel, Maccarone Gallery, New York 

2007  Vahakn Arslanian, Scream, London UK 

2005  Vahakn Arslanian, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

2002  It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane . . . , Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York 

2001  Vahakn Arslanian, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016  World Made By Hand, curated by Sam Gordon, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York 

2012  Brucennial: 2012, New York 

2010  The Brucennial 2010: Miseducation, New York 

2007  Art Brussels, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Brussels 

2007  Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York 

2005  The Festival of Dreams (Part 2), Lombard – Freid Fine Arts, New York 2004 – Golden Blessings of Old Age; Out of the Mouths of Babes, American Visionary Art, Museum, Baltimore MD 

1999  Drawings, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York 

1995  Group Show, Baghoomian Gallery, New York 

1990  The Visions of Children: Works by IMAGICA Artists, University of Conn., Storr, CT 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016 – Frank, Priscilla, “The Outsider Art Journal that Believes Everyone is an Artist,” The Huffington Post 

2013 – Miller, M.H., “An Insider’s Outsider: Vahakn Arslanian at the Outsider Art Fair,”    New York Observer 

2013 – Smith, Roberta, “Feeling Right at Home on the Fringe,” The New York Times 2011 – Barreau, Jade, Interview, Purple Magazine 

2007 – Vahakn Arslanian at Scream, 22 page Catalog, Essay by Vito Schnabel 



beak, a candle with too many flames, a flock of tiny Boeing jets converging on the vortex at the center of a shattered window. Vahakn’s work has been shown at multiple solo exhibitions in London, Antwerp, Geneva, St. Barthélemy, and his native New York City, as well as numerous group exhibitions, including the St. Moritz Art Masters. His collaboration with Julian Schnabel, “The Ones You Didn’t Write—The Maybach Car,” was displayed on the Grand Canal during the Venice Biennale. Vahakn divides his time between his studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Petite Saline, St. Barth.

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