Mikayel Ohanjanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1976 of Armenian parents originally from Syunik, a mountainous region of southern Armenia. His ancestors come from the ancient region of Salmast, formerly Saghamas or Saghamast (now Iran). Forced to leave their land after the Russian-Persian war in the beginning of the 19th century, they settled in the Syunik region and later in of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh).
Ohanjanyan attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Yerevan. In 2000 he moved to Florence Italy where he currently still lives and works, after having studied sculpture at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts.
During his artistic career he has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, including the 2010 Venice International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2010 and the 2011 Venice Art Biennale.
Ohanjanyan was recently awarded with the Prize Henraux 2014. His works can be found in Italian and international collections including the Vatican, Henraux Foundation, Targetti's Light Art Collection, and in Collection of the City of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany; as well as in private collections throughout the world.
Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Tasnerku, 2015
Mixed size basalt blocks and discs of corten steel. Site specific installation.
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Nicola Gnesi