On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, was the opening of the painting exhibition of Mireille Goguikian, under the high patronage of H.E. Professor Ibrahim Najjar, at the Haigazian University Art Center, the Matossian Gallery.
The exhibition features 63 recent paintings of various sizes, with a combination of oils, mixed media and pastels, in addition to 13 old works as a retrospective, marking her 25 years of career. Goguikian’s style has metamorphosed over the years and her unique expression is marked for its depiction of city life.
A capacity audience gathered to admire the works and listened to the welcoming remarks by the patron of the event, former minister Prof. Ibrahim Najjar, who offered his thanks and appreciation for Goguikian’s artwork.
Her portrayal of urban life using vibrant and rich colors offers an innovative perspective on the beautiful city of Beirut. Referring to herself as a colorist, her art is an amalgamation of lights and colors.
Born and raised in Beirut, Mireille Gogukian graduated in 1988 from ALBA with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Two years later she left for Paris, leaving a war-torn home behind to discover a new city and a new perspective. After spending six years abroad she returned, seeing new hope for the revival of the city, and reflected this in her art.
A member of the Japan Contemporary Art Association, the National Federation of French Culture, the Salon d’Automne of Paris, and the Armenian Artists of France, Goguikian has played an active role in numerous foundations.
Goguikian has received multiple awards and distinctions for her works including 2nd Prize Bechir Gemayel in 1987, 1st Prize Samir Tabet in 1988, and a special prize at the ARTEX London in 2003. She has participated in 49 exhibitions worldwide, among them 11 solo shows, in Paris, Tokyo, London, Seoul, Geneva, New York and others. Her works can be found in both private collections and public institutions.
“Le 25ème” is in course until April 20, 2013.