Hovsep Pushman was born in the town of Dikranagerd, part of western Armenia known as Turkish Ermenistan. At 11 years old, he began his art studies at The Imperial School of Fine Arts in Constantinople, the youngest student ever admitted. In 1896, along with his family, Pushman immigrated to the United States. From Smith Academy Pushman continued his art studies in Paris at Academy Julian. He began exhibiting at the Salon des Artistes Francais, where he was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Paris Salon in 1914.The first important United States exhibition of Pushman’s works was held at the Milwaukee Art Institute in 1915.
Pushman’s paintings are in the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Seattle Art Museum, the San Diego Art Institute and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.