Areg Elibekian was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1970. He graduated from Yerevan’s Institute of Drama and Fine Arts in 1992. He since moved to Montreal and travels to Paris every summer to paint. His works have been exhibited in Armenia, Lebanon, Germany, France, Canada, and the U.S.A. From 1988 to 1992, he participated in numerous exhibitions of the Association of Armenia Artists. His works were part of the Elibekian family exhibitions at the International Art Center in Beirut, Lebanon, ALMA Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, Gallery L’Oeil Reno Berg, in Brussels, and Studio 22, in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1998, he had a solo exhibition at the Gallery Hai Cie in Paris. He has recently been a part of the Three Generations of Armenian Art show at Gallery Z in Providence, Rhode Island.
Areg’s work is well defined, straightforward reading, implying solidity and permanence. His works mainly involve the bourgeoisie-the upper middle class, affluent society, the cafe society-who frequent bistros, sidewalk cafes, parks, and riverfronts. His delineation of urban landscape is highly sophisticated as his paintings are consistent in quality, the subjects determined by architectural streets, parks, churches, docs. His penchant toward impressionism led Areg to a personal, consistent and communicable view of man’s environment. He painted light-hearted scenes of recreation, applying large areas of bright color with superimposed flowing outlines, and in his open-air views, impressionist-inflected study of intense light and color.