Thursday, May 01, 2008
Sam Saghatelian (Sam Saga.) graduated from Yerevan (Armenia) Institute of Architecture and pursued a career in architecture. In 1988 at the brink of the collapse of the USSR and Armenia’s independence, he changed directions and began his journey as an artist. In 2001 Saghatelian represented the Armenian pavilion in the 49th Venice Biennale in Italy (Plateau of Humankind). In 2002 he was awarded a Fellowship for Arts Link (New York) and Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, one of the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States and had his first solo exhibition there. Saghatelian currently lives and works in Los Angeles and is the chief curator at Black Maria Gallery.