Artist StatementMy art is Color, Space and the Id. I don’t try to represent the material world, but that which creates the material world. Nor do I try to capture a moment in time, but that which transcends time. I’m not concerned with transitory forms. I’m seeking sound that is born of color and occupies space. I paint to bring harmony and balance. I was born in Armenia, a nation that in 301 A.D. formally adopted Christianity – embracing Love as the guiding force for humankind. I seek to express that Love in my art. I seek God everywhere. In everything, in my act of painting, I see God’s handiwork. I often wonder where the impulse to paint comes from. I’m compelled to paint. Perhaps I am a medium for things that need to be said. And I have to work hard. My early training and exposure to many artforms – sculpture, music, dance, choreography – have largely determined my art. These are all just different means of reaching the same end. I learned discipline, both physical and mental, in ballet. There I also learned the art of composition and the use of space. Each day I work, I apply color, I fulfill my reason for being.
Roudolf Kharatian is a native of Yerevan, Armenia where he studied at the Yerevan School of Fine Arts and the studio of Levon Vartanian. In America since 1991, he has exhibited in solo shows in Washington, DC, New York and Montreal. His works have also been presented in group and juried exhibitions throughout the United Sates, and internationally in Canada, Italy, Russia, India and Egypt. Kharatian’s works are in private collections in the United States, Canada, France, Great Britain, South Africa and Armenia. His paintings are featured on a selection of Armenian fine wines distributed in the United States. With a sparkling palette glowing with dominant gold and yellow tones, Kharatian’s paintings are frequently filled with allusions to music as well as with formal metaphors of the human body in motion. His style is fundamentally abstract, in large part based on a geometric simplification of natural form combined with passages of greater description. He transmits in his colorful works his fascination for sculptural masses and flowing movement. “I use color, form and composition to convey a sense of hope and a feeling of love that transcend the daily hustle and bustle of our material world, to create that which is universal and timeless.”