Posted By admin on September 25, 2010
These carvings are created by Nairi Safaryan from Glendale, California, United States.
Nairi Safaryan was born in 1958 in Shushi, which is located in the Karabagh region of Armenia.
In 1973 he moved with his family, including his parents and his two sisters to Yerevan where he completed school and entered Yerevan Polytechnic Institute.
In 1980 he received his degree and diploma as an Electronic Engineer.
In 1987 Nairi Safaryan became a member of the Art Fund which gave him a chance to show his works.
In 1991 Nairi decided to show his work at Vernisage (outdoor art fair in the central region of Yerevan) where his “Vine Leaves and Fruits” jewel box was purchased by congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
In 1996, after being demonstrated in two shows at Yerevan’s Folk Art Museum, Nairi was named a Folk Master.
In 2002 he met an American visiting Armenia who liked his work and started selling his carvings in the United States.
In 2002, the owners of a gallery in Las Vegas invited Safaryan to live in their home while he taught his style of carving at a nearby training center. They also brought him to galleries in California and encouraged him to submit his wood carvings in the annual show sponsored by Smoky Hollow Carvers in La Crescenta Park where he won the Best of Show and the People’s Choice Award in 2002.
Safaryan has been carving since he was a child.
His parents wanted to encourage his talent and gave him his first saw at age 4.
“The first time I used the saw, I cut off the wood supports under our dinner table,” he said. “My parents just shrugged and said ‘He’s learning.
More of his work can be seen on Nairis Art Studio