Krikor Momdjian - CV English
Krikor Momdjian - Visual artist and poet
Krikor Momdjian is an all-round multimedia visual artist and poet.
As an artist he lives and is inspired by the motto: ‘To life’!
To create art and to paint drives and shapes his daily life as an artist.
'‘As art is inspired through life, life is inspired through art”. From that
perspective being an artist provides him with the opportunity to
experience intense contact with ‘the other’ in order to share daily
happiness, sorrow, and all concerns about our future.
Since 1979 he lives and works in The Netherlands as an artist and poet.
"During a studio visit, Krikor surprises. His knowledge of art is broad and
deep. Both form and content have few secrets for him...
Krikor Momdjian is one of the artists who really have something to say.
He paints and writes, he talks and connects. Because of his multilingualism,
his stay in multiple cultures and his multidisciplinary attitude, Krikor is also
a symbol for the artist of our time".
director Museumgouda, Gouda, The Netherlands
'Already during my first visit in 1980 it became clear that to Momdjian art is
a primary necessity of life. This not only gives him the opportunity to question
himself about his position in the world but he also has the ambition to offer
something to humanity by means of his art. He is very passionate, almost
militant, although the latter word does not really apply to Momdjian’s poetic
art. Momdjian is someone with a mission. His work is a tribute to life. This is
what he wants to pass on.'
Doris Wintgen Hötte,
curator modern art, Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands
‘Momdjian tells the story of humanity, which experiences the vulnerability
of its existence in as world full of opposites and begins the search for
original happiness. When one surveys Krikor Momdjian’s work, one feels
oneself drawn into the song of the universe, a song of which the atmosphere
calls up memories, but of which the words and tune eludes us. Momdjian’s art
is a joy to experience. It occurs in a land of myth and dream and rises up above
the world of visible reality to a reality in which Beauty and Truth govern.
Momdjian’s art refers to the eternal. This means that it carries in it a suggestion
of a deeper, unidentifiable reality hidden behind what we can see. Beauty and
Truth are united here.’
Art historian, LUMC Gallery, Leiden, The Netherlands
'Krikor’s mastery takes many forms, expressing itself not only in the visual arts of
painting, etching, lithography, drawing, installations and videofilms, but also in poetry:
different forms are used simultaneously, making the gracious Armenian letters a visual
testimony to his ancient ancestral culture and tongue. Brush and stylus are never far
away from each other, drawing Krikor, our contemporary, into the orbit of medieval
Armenian artists, for the greater part monks, the most gifted of whom would be exegete,
composer, copyist and painter alike. Krikor seems to continue that role in our days, as the
sacred is increasingly rediscovered as central to human endeavour. Many pieces in Krikor’s
oeuvre resemble books opened for the reader, the beholder; two of these are present in
Wanderings.This is all We.'
Prof. Theo Maarten van Lint
Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies
Fellow of Pembroke College. University of Oxford
1973-1976 - Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts appliqués & Ecole Nationale Supérieure
des Arts déco & des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France (Fine arts/ Graphical Techniques)
1972-1973 - International University of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy (Design / Art History)
1967-1972 - Fine Arts Institute of the University of Beirut (INSBA), diploma Interior Design/
Fine arts (first prize, scholarship to study abroad for three years)
Works: in museum and private collections in a.o. Holland, USA, Canada, France, Germany,
England, Sweden, Mexico, Japan, Lebanon, Armenia.
Paintings. Etchings. 'Artist's Books', Installations. Videofilms. Poems.