On Friday, March 2, 2012, the art exhibition of Vahram Najjar Aghazarian, entitled "Vahramart," opened at the Haigazian University Art Center, the Matossian Gallery.
The exhibition featured 86 works of art of various size. Rather than employing traditional media, Vahram’s works are mosaics of painstakingly applied steel screws of different measures and color, built on painted wooden tablets. Art investment consultant ValentinaCefalu admires the effect: "the light bouncing off the steel nails is combined with a natural chiaroscuro of great effect, which transcends the mosaic technique and its limiting two-dimensionality."
In the three-dimensional images, the humble screw is transformed into a beautiful work of art, taking on the nuances of gold, silver and copper. Reminding one of the long-established tradition of iconographic art, the images include Madonna with Child, Armenian crosses and other religious symbols, as well as a variety of vehicles, such as the iconic Vespa scooter, and a gallery of femaleportraits and ladies.
Inspired by a deep love of Europe and a fascination of the Middle East, Vahram’s art finds freedom in the diversity of its subjects and the simplicity of its medium. It is in this simplicity that he creates brilliance.
Vahram was born in Cyprus to parents of Armenian ethnicity and raised in Italy, earning a degree in economics from the Universita Cattolica of Milan before becoming the manager of an Italian hardware company, following in the footsteps of the family business. Experimenting with the millions of screws found at his workplace, he realized that he could create shapes that had volume and shadow, in a variety of colors. His simple experiment had evolved into art.
Since his first exhibition in Milan in 2007, Vahram’s unique works of art have been sold and exhibited to great acclaim in New York, Paris, Geneva, London and Beirut.
"Vahramart" is in course until March 13, 2012.