Armen Agop

Egypt 1969


Armen Agop
Armen Agop
May 31, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Armen Agop is an Egyptian artist who makes sculptures that reminiscence the harmony, balance and purity of the human soul. He discovers the new meditative realms through his clean and minimalistic works. When he creates he balances the positive and negative, and that is one of the main reasons he stresses out the firmness of the sculpture. All the energy has to revolve around the center, and the polarities can circle near the boundaries. Growing up in Egypt influenced his notions of sculpture and form. What inspired him the most is the simplicity of the desert, and how just one line in the sand can change the landscape.

Armen Agop - Untitled 117, Transcontemporary series
Armen Agop – Untitled 117, Transcontemporary series

Egyptian Beginnings

Armen Agop was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1969. Since he was a child he was interested in painting, and at the age of 13, he was working as an assistant in one studio. He studied Fine Arts at the Helwan University in Cairo and received a research scholarship, after graduation. First, he started exhibiting sculptures all over Egypt and then all over the world. He won a prestigious art award, the Rome Prize in 2000. The next step on his journey was moving to Europe. Some of his pieces are parts of collections of the Egyptian Modern Art Museum, Egypt, Coral Springs Museum of Art in Florida, USA, museums in Qatar, Belgium and many other.

In Sufic series Agop used black granite to represent invisible parts of human consciousness

Armen Agop - Part of the Sufic Series
Armen Agop – Part of the Sufic Series

The Many Meanings of Black Granite

The form he chooses reflects his personal ethics and creative philosophy. The material he works with, mostly granite, indicates persistence and ability to last for long periods of time. Black granite represents stillness and serenity. The sculptures are made to be coherent and motionless, but when touched they move in a soothing manner, determined by the external force. A conceptual story follows his collections. In Sufic series he used black granite in order to represent invisible parts of human consciousness. Other times, like in Touch collections, he used the polished material as an invitation to the viewer to touch, feel and explore the work.

The artist makes subtle insinuations that art should be touched and felt

Armen Agop - Part of the Touch Series
Armen Agop – Part of the Touch Series

Subliminal Messages of the Sculptures

From his earliest works, where he gave tribute to ancient art and sculpture, to the contemporary pieces, Agop always used the material as a complementary medium to form. The subliminal messages are communicated well, through subtle insinuations that art should be touched, felt, or contemplated. Agop received worldwide praise for the sculptures he makes. In 2013 he won a Presidential Medal from the Italian government for all his contributions to contemporary sculpture. He continues to make profound pieces that engage the viewer to explore the future, but keep a constant remembrance of the ancient times.

The artist is represented by Kunzt Gallery.

Armen Agop lives and works in Pietrasanta, Italy.

Featured image: Armen Agop – Portrait of the artist, 2013
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015TranscontemporaryArt Plural Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2014TouchLKFF - Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2014Highly Recommended: Emerging SculptorsFrederik Meijer Sculpture Park, USAGroup
2014Salon IILKFF- Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2014Fifth Exhibition of the Center’s FriendsYouth Creative Art Center, Doha, QatarGroup
20141:54 Contemporary African Art FairSelma Feriani Gallery, London, UKGroup
201441 Premio Sulmona 2014Sulmona, ItalyGroup
2014Sculpture du SudVilla Datris, fondation pour la sculpture contomporaine, FranceGroup
2014Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene Vol 2Gallery Ward Dubai, UAEGroup
2014Flux: Collection ExhibitionArt Plural Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2014CarnivaleEgyptian Academy Rome, ItalyGroup
2014The SalonLKFF- Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2014Art Stage SingaporeArt Plural Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2013SculpturesSelma Feriani Gallery, Tunis, TunisiaSolo
2013Limen Arte 2013Vibo Valentina, ItalyGroup
2013Artists' WavesAbu Dhabi Art, UAEGroup
2013Fine Art Asia 2013Koru Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2013International Art Exhibition, Premio SulmonaSulmona, ItalyGroup
2013Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art SceneGallery Ward Dubai, UAEGroup
201325 ANS DE CREATIVITE ARABEBahrain National Museum, BahrainGroup
2013Selections From the CollectionMathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, QatarGroup
201325 ANS DE CREATIVITE ARABERiyadh, Saudi ArabiaGroup
2013Atr13Selma Feriani galley, London, UKGroup
2013Masterpieces XIZamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2013ArteFieraFlora Bigai Gallery, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2012Double IdentityFlora Bigai Gallery, Pietrasanta, ItalySolo
2012SculpturesSelma Feriani Gallery, London, UKSolo
201225 ans de creativite arabeInstitut Du Monde Arabe, Paris, FranceGroup
2012LKFF SelectionLKFF Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2012Summer Collections Part 1Al Markhiya Gallery, Doha, QatarGroup
2012Masterpieces XZamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2012Art DubaiSelma Feriani Gallery, Dubai, UAEGroup
2012Art Palm BeachSyra Arts, Florida, USAGroup
2011Small FormatLKFF- Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2011SculpturSparkHunnebostrand Skulpturpark, SwedenGroup
2011ISHARATAl Markhiya Gallery, Doha, QatarGroup
2011Sign Off DesignSLIDEart, Torino, ItalyGroup
2011Familiar FeaturesFA Gallery, KuwaitGroup
2011Marrakech Art Fair 2Marrakech , MaroccoGroup
2011Fine Art Asia 2011Koru Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2011Avant PremierArt Plural Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2011Masterpieces IXZemalek Art Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2011Sign Off DesignSLIDEart, Venice, ItalyGroup
2011Koru Spring Show 2011Hong KongGroup
2011ArteFieraBologna, Flora Bigai Gallery, ItalyGroup
2011Art Stage SingaporeBartha & Senarclens Partners, SingaporeGroup
2011MENASART-FAIRBeirut, LebanonGroup
2011Still Valid American University in Cairo, EgyptGroup
2010Armen AgopLKFF- Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2010SuficAl Markhiya Gallery, Doha, QatarSolo
20107 Biennale Internazionale di Scultura della RegionePiemonte, ItalyGroup
2010Contemporary IstanbulZamalek Art Gallery, TurkeyGroup
2010Path of Elegance Between East and WestVilla Empain, The Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2010Group ExhibitionVeksolund Gallery, Vekso, DenmarkGroup
2010Agop - Beaumont - Dana – DethierLKFF- Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2010Masterpieces VIIIZemalek Art Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2010International art exhibitionPremio Sulmona, ItalyGroup
2010The 4th Beijing International Art Biennale 2010Bejing, ChinaGroup
2009Rosa Park MuseumMontgomery, Alabama, USAGroup
2009Undercurrent-Contemporary Egyptian ArtArt Sawa gallery, DubaiGroup
2009Group ExhibitionVeksolund Gallery, Vekso, DenmarkGroup
2009Mediterranean CrossroadsPalazzo Montecitorio, Rome, ItalyGroup
2009Sommersalon 2009Galerie am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009II eme Festival Culturel AfricainAlgerieGroup
2009International art exhibition Premio SulmonaItalyGroup
2009Panorama of Egyption SculptureZamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2009Una Finestra Sul MondoDiocesano Museum, Catania, ItalyGroup
2008Armen AgopZamalek Art gallery, Cairo, EgyptSolo
200811th Cairo International BiennaleCairo, EgyptGroup
2008Must galleryMisr University For Science and Technology, Giza, EgyptGroup
2008Salon galleryArt Palace, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2008Group ExhibitionVeksolund Gallery, Vekso, DenmarkGroup
2008Horizons 1Gallery, Giza, EgyptGroup
2008International art exhibition Premio SulmonaSulmona, ItalyGroup
2007Group ExhibitionVeksolund Gallery, Vekso, DenmarkGroup
2007International art exhibition Premio SulmonaSulmona, Italy, ItalyGroup
2006Group ExhibitionVeksolund Gallery, Vekso, DenmarkGroup
2006Group ExhibitionZamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2006Horizons 1Gallery, Giza, EgyptGroup
2005Armen AgopCentro Culturale L. Russo, Pietrasanta, ItalySolo
2005Center of ArtEkhnaton I Gallery, Cairo, EgyptSolo
2005Premier Sculpture SalonCairo, EgyptGroup
2005Lo spirito della pietraAccademia nazionale di San Luca, Rome, ItalyGroup
2005Egyptian Contemporary ArtToledo, SpainGroup
2005BToyamura International Sculpture BiennaleJapanGroup
2005The Egyptian Contemporary AbstractionEbdaa Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2004Palazzo PretorioVolterra, ItalyGroup
2004Campo d’arteCamaiore, ItalyGroup
2003Toyamura International Sculpture BiennaleJapanGroup
2003Guillin Yuzi Paradise International Sculpture ExhibitionChinaGroup
2003Elogio della manoChiesa del Suffragio, Carrara, ItalyGroup
2003 Group ExhibitonBergen Fylkesgalleri, Bergan, NorwayGroup
2003Galleri Stensalen KKVBohuslan, SwedenGroup
2003Teatro AnimosiCarrara, ItalyGroup
2002State Prize of Artistic Creativity ExhibitionEgyptian Academy, Rome, ItalyGroup
2002Scultori dalla Provincia di LuccaFlorida International University, USAGroup
2001Winter Art Festival of SarajevoBosniaGroup
2001Young Egyptian ArtistsEgyptian Academy, Rome, ItalyGroup
2001Diari Di Lavoro Di Artisti Stranieri A RomaNational Gallery of Modern Art, Rome, ItalyGroup
2000Salon of Small FormatCairo, EgyptGroup
2000Group ExhibitonSafar Khan Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2000Group ExhibitonKarim Francis Gallery, Cairo, EgyptGroup
1999National Exhibition of Plastic ArtCairo, EgyptGroup
1998Salon of Small FormatCairo, EgyptGroup
1997Autumn SalonCairo, EgyptGroup
1997National Exhibition of Plastic ArtCairo, EgyptGroup

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