Born 1975, Antwerp, Belgium.
The subjects of Arslanian’s art are often still-life objects - a pair of binoculars, a candle, or a lightbulb. He uses found windows, frames, or car windshields to house his drawings. He breaks, cuts, or shatters the glass, producing the effect of peering in at his images, as though through the window of an abandoned building. At times, he lines the edges of the broken glass with lead using stained-glass techniques. Sometimes he intersperses his drawings with sections of oil on canvas, highlighting the theme of fragmentation. Other prevalent themes include birds and airplanes. He has a fascination with explosions and has created works depicting the Pan Am and Swissair disasters.
Though self-taught, Arslanian grew up in Soho in New York City in the family of an avid art collector(his father Ara was a noted collector of Basquiat). How his exposure to contemporary art has affected his own work remains unclear, but he emerged from the most acute symptoms of autism in the early 1990’s and has been exhibiting in New York and around the world since 1995.
- Andrew Edlin
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015, Portraits, Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York
2013, Wings of Light, Marc Jancou Contemporary, Geneva
2012, Holy Heavenly, Vito Schnabel, Maybach Foundation & Maybach Manufaktur, New York
2011, Ghosts of a Plane, Vito Schnabel, New York
2011, St. Moritz Art Masters, Vito Schnabel & Maybach, St. Moritz
2010, Mr. Big Ben, 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London
2009, Jesus Loves Captain Sully Sullenberger, Maccarone Gallery & Vito Schnabel, New York
2007, Vahakn Arslanian, Scream Gallery & Vito Schnabel, London
2005, Vahakn Arslanian, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2003, Vahakn Arslanian: A Retrospective, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2002, It's a Bird, It's a Plane..., Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2001, Vahakn Arslanian, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016, World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2013, St. Barthélemy to Southampton, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton (New York)
2012, The Brucennial: Harderer, Betterer, Fasterer, Strongerer, presented by the Bruce High Quality Foundation & Vito Schnabel, New York
2010, The Brucennial: Miseducation, presented by the Bruce High Quality Foundation & Vito Schnabel, New York
2005, The Festival of Dreams (Part 1), Lombard - Fried Fine Arts, New York
2005, Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2004, Golden Blessings of Old Age; Out of the Mouths of Babes, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore
2003, On the Outskirts: Art Brut, Neuve Invention and Outsider Art, Andrew Edlin Gallery, The Elan, Miami (concurrent with Art Basel)
2001, W, X, Y, Z of Outsider Art, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
1999, Drawings, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
Vahakn Arslanian: Holy Heavenly, exhibition catalogue with text by Vito Schnabel, Vito Schnabel, Maybach Foundation & Maybach Manufaktur, New York, 2012.
"Interview by Jade Berreau," Purple Magazine, Summer 2011.
"Review of Jesus Loves Captain Sully Sullenberger," Corduroy Magazine, April 9, 2009.
Vahakn Arslanian, exhibition catalogue, Vito Schnabel & Scream Gallery, London, 2007.
Vahakn Arslanian, exhibition catalogue, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, 2004.
Ramirez, Nicolette, "Vahakn Arslanian: A Retrospective," The New York Art World, November 2003.
Avakian, Florence, "Feature," Ararat Magazine, Summer 2002.
Slesin, Suzanne, "Boho Luxe," House & Garden, October 1996.
"Vahakn's Aerial Art Takes Flight," Passport, February 1994.
Schnabel, Julian, C.V.J. Nicknames of Maitre D's and Excerpts From Life, Random House, New York, 1987.
Vahakn: Portrait of an Artist, Sermin Kardestuncer, video documentary narrated by Julian Schnabel (16 minutes), 1991.