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Mariam Aslamazyan

Talented national artist of the USSR Mariam Aslamazyan, who has left bright trace on the Armenian fine art of the 20th century, could solve the most important problem of her time: to fix the role of woman artist in the patriarchal Soviet-Armenian society.

Mariam Aslamazyan was born on the 20th of October / or on the 2nd of November, 1907 in Bash-Shirak village of Kars region. She lived in Leninakan until 1927 and then long years in Moscow. On the formation of the drawing talent influenced Alexandrapol Painting Studio (pedagogues Yul.Varjbickaya, Yel.Patkanyan), Yerevan Artistic-Production Collage (teachers S.Arakelyan, S.Aghajanyan), Moscow VKhutemas (teachers S.Drevin, M.Larionova, B.Mukhina, K.Petrov-Vodkin), Leningrad Academy of Fine Arts (A.Osmyorkin, A.Savinov).

Mariam’s creations are bright, luminous: The content of the colours and coating of her creations is the searching about the world’s being. In her art she tried to revise Soviet and post-war years from own point of view. She has expressed her attitude about the consequences of those years.

M.Aslamazyan died on the 16th of July 2006. Her body has been moved and buried in Yerevan.

The works of M.Aslamazyan are conserved in numerous museums: Sofia, Berlin, Leningrad, Venice, Tokyo, Delhi and etc. The works devoted to India have been entitled to the laureate after G.Neru prize in 1970-1971, the prize of Hamal Abdenaser in 1976.

After a series of difficult experiences I began to value more the pleasures of life. By painting I admired the nature of my motherland, the free spirit of my nation, sweet fruits. The most important was my creations; the rest was out of my interest.

Awards and titles

1965 ASSR National Artist
1972 Laureate of international award after Jawaharlal Nehru
1976 Laureate of international award after Gamal Abdel Nasser
1990 USSR National Artist
1932 First Prize during the close competition for the murals of Sochi city's health resort after Voroshilov
1936 Second Prize of Saint-Petersburg Artists Union: Painted Etudes devoted to Armenia
1937 Second Prize of Saint-Petersburg Artists Union for the canvas “The Carpet Makers from Armenia”
1938 Second Prize of Saint-Petersburg Artists Union for the canvas “The Portrait of the Young Man”
1939 Second Prize for the colours of lithography “Zangezur Collective Farmer”
1940 Second Prize for a series of portraits in the exhibition of Moscow RSFSR’s (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) Young artists
1941 First Prize of Saint-Petersburg Artists Union for the painting “Mikoyan in the Vineyard of Armenia”
1944 Since the 1st of May she has been awarded the medal “For the Defense of the Caucasus” for the canvas “The Return of Hero” by decree of the Supreme Council
1945 Since the 6th of June she has been awarded the medal “For Valiant Labour in the Great Patriotic War” for a series of paintings and wallpapers: “The Return of the Hero”, “The Song of the Hero”, “Protection Foundation” by decree of the Supreme Council
1946 Second Prize in Cairo for the painting “The Song of the Hero”
1948 She has taken part in the international exhibition of Paris “Woman, Her Life and Her Aspirations” and she was considered the delegate of “Anti-fascist Congress” from the part of “Soviet Union Women of Committee” in Paris
1949 Diploma of Moscow Artists Union for the good work of artistic decoration
1950 Diploma for the display of the good work of artistic decoration
1951 She has been awarded a diploma and a letter of appreciation from the headquarters of frontier forces for the portraits of the border-guides.
1956 She has been awarded the medal ''For the Distinguished Labour'' in the Moscow Exhibition for the painting of ''Spring''
1957 Words of gratitude for representation of the group “Girls’ Holiday”
1957 A letter of appreciation from Moscow Artists Union for the participation of woman-artists’ exhibition organized in the framework of “International Seminar” for the canvas “The Tobacco-Workers of Armenia”
1961 Since the 15th of May she has been awarded the title of RA Honored Artist by the decree of ASSR Supreme Council
1961 Second Class Diploma for the exhibition of the ceramics “Art and Lifestyle”
1965 Since the 7th of January she has been awarded the title of “ASSR National Artist” by the decree of ASSR Supreme Council
1967 She has been awarded a diploma for taking part in the exhibition “Moscow Artists: the 50th Anniversary of October”
1969 A letter of appreciation for the participation of ''World Women International Congress”
1972 From the 2nd of February she has been awarded a diploma for the individual exhibition organized in Yerevan by the decree of ASSR Supreme Council
1972 She has been awarded a diploma from the Culture Ministry of ASSR and “Artist Union” of ASSR for the organization of individual exhibition organized in Yerevan
1972 She has been awarded a certificate for cultural connections from the ''Soviet Union Friendship'' and foreign countries
1972 She has been awarded a certificate for a series of individual exhibitions organized in the Moscow ''House of Friendship''
1972 In the newsletter “Pravda” published in February was informed about the award of the laureate after Jawaharlal Nahru
1973 Since the 22nd of March she has got an award and diploma for the visit to India, including laurite after Jawaharlal Nehru for a series of paintings devoted to India
1976 Since the 13th of January in the “Pravda” newspaper was published an article that she had been entitled to the award after Gamal Abdel Nasser for the individual exhibition devoted to Egypt took place in Moscow House of Friendship.
1976 Since the 7th of December she has flied to Cairo by the invitation of Egypt government to get her award
1990 Since the 19th of January she has been given an intersectional award from Moscow Artists Union
1997 A medal devoted to the “Memory of Moscow’s 850th Anniversary”
1997 Since the 20th of October has been opened her individual exhibition in “The State Museum after Tretyakov”
-She got congratulations on her 90th anniversary and on the 70th anniversary of her creative life.
-Congratulations from Duma
-Personal congratulations from Y. M. Luzhkov
-A diploma from the Government of Moscow
-Congratulations in Armenian from the president of RA L.Ter-Petrosyan
-Congratulations from the Governor of Shirak Region of RA
-Congratulations from the workers of “Museum of Eastern Nations”
-Congratulations from the workers of historical and cultural “Kumayri” reserve.
- Since the 17th of October in 1997 according to the decision of Gyumri town Mayer Mariam Aslamazyan has been awarded the title of Gyumri town Honorary Citizen for Mariam’s 90th anniversary and for the creative heritage of Gyumri cultural life
1998 She has been awarded the medal of “Friendship” by the order of president of Russian Federation:

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