Exhibition of Pedros Malayan’s works - Organized
in the House of Armenian Artists, December 1967.
Malayan was born in 1927 in Baku. From an
early age, he developed a love for art.
In 1941, he started his education in Art
School, in which he studied until 1945.
For the next two years, he continued studying
in the Leningrad Academy of Fine Arts, and
in 1947 moved to Yerevan, Armenia. He continued
his study there until graduation in 1951.
Since 1951, Pedros
Malayan was a member of the Armenian Union
of Artists. Since then he was exhibited
frequently at home and abroad. In 1957,
his works were exhibited at an International
Festival of Youth in Moscow, and in 1963
at an international exhibition in Rome,
Italy. In 1965, his works were shown in
Throughout the 1950s, Pedros Malayan successfully
combined his own creative work with teaching
at the Yerevan State Institute of Arts.
He gave lectures to young students on methods
of teaching drawing, and on the importance
of drawing as the base component of any
mainly in the spectrum of portrait and compositional
works, he also devoted some of his time to illustrative
and printed graphics. He illustrated an impressive
collection of books by Armenian as
well as foreign writers.
What is exceptional about
Pedros Malayan’s work is what it shows about
his sharp eye and natural talent, combined with
his exceptional determination and persistence.
His art works are defined by precise drawing technique,
a tasteful color palette and great taste in aesthetics.
Whatever the subject, his works show refreshing
excitement about contemporary life and his love
for depicting the average ‘working-class’
He crossed many roads and
byways, from Kadjaran on the Arpa-Sevan construction
project, to the shores of Enisey and Siberia.
Travel gave the Artist new perspectives and impressions
– with every new meeting and at every new
point of arrival.
In this exhibition, the
works presented encompass portraits, landscapes,
and compositions - largely from the "My Homeland"
series, executed in watercolor, tempera, and pastels,
as well as charcoal, sangina and lithographic
The Artist’s currently
illustrates the Armenian folk epic "David
of Sassun", from which several works are
presented. The present exhibition shows the tremendous
potential of the Artist, and will certainly be
a stimulating endeavor for his future works and
1: Schoolboy. 1954 , paper, water-color, 44x32
2: Old house, Kond, 1954 cardboard, tempera 50x70
3: Backyard, Voskevaz, 1956 cardboard, tempera
4: Sitted woman, 1957 paper, pencil, water-color
5: Children, 1958 paper, ink 42x42
6: In the mountains, Armenia 1959 paper, water-color
7: "Last spring of Saadi" by Av. Issahakyan 1959
cardboard, tempera 50x70
8: A road to Timonobo 1960 paper, water-color
9: Portrait of T. Arutiunian, from Kanaker farm.
1960, paper, charcoal, sangina 57x41
10: Portrait of G. Boimshakyan 1960, paper, charcoal
In total 106 works were exhibited.