|The famous Armenian artist Vruyr Galstyan was born on March 3, 1924 in Yerevan, in a family of employees. He had loved painting since his childhood, but like all children at first he painted just for pleasure. Later his talent was expressed in tattoos, which he made for children of his age in the surroundings. The class hours were boring and uninteresting for him, as his thoughts were always up in the sky, far from textbooks and school desks. After school he entered the preparatory course at Terlemezyan Art College. Here he met a wonderful artist and teacher Vahram Gayfejyan. Since Vruyr's talent was highly appreciated, he was enrolled in the second year course, and took his classes with a special interest. |
He finished Terlemezyan Art College in 1958. From 1959 to 1964 Vruyr studied at Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts and Theatre. Martiros Saryan and Ervand Kochar, whom Galstyan knew personally, played a great role in his creative activity. His art was influenced also by Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne, whose art helped him in creating his own unique style.
Since 1962 Vruyr Galstyan participated in many Armenian and former USSR art exhibitions, as well as in international exhibitions in Argentina, Portugal, France, etc. On Saryan's and Kochar's advice, who greatly esteemed his art, Galstyan became a member of the Artists Union of Soviet Armenia. As Martiros Sarian wrote about him "an artist worthy of special attention's" works found their place in the expected private exhibition, opened in 1983 in the Artists Union of Armenia.
Vruyr Galstyan's death in 1996 stopped his artistic activity, but his creations were to continue their life, being as immortal as man himself. The artist's works are now in the Modern Art Museum and the National Gallery of Armenia as well as in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Oriental Art Museum in Moscow and in many private collections.