Raphael Atoyan

(b.1931)
Born in Leninakan, Armenia, Rafael Atoyan graduated from the Terlemezian College of Fine Arts in 1948, and graduated from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in 1953. In 1960 he became a member of the Union of Artists of Armenia and received the Meritorious Artist of Armenia award in 1982, as well as the First Prize in State Exhibitions in 1982 and 1983. Between 1960 and 1996, Atoyan participated in numerous group exhibitions in Armenia, the Soviet Union, and Europe. After the earthquake of 1988, he moved from his native city of Leninakan to Fresno, California.