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Armen Eloyan

Nationality: 
Armenia
City of birth: 
Yerevan
1966

Armen Eloyan is an Armenian artist, born 1966 in Yerevan, Armenia. He also names himself Armen Elo. Other name variants are: Armenian Eloian and Armenian Elojan.

As an autodidact he started his artistic career in Armenia. In 1997 he settled in the Netherlands. In 2004-2005 he was a resident of the National Academy of Fine Arts.

Eloyan's work is as tempting as terrifying. He is a passionate painter. From thick layers of paint, landscapes, raw, mysterious texts and masochistic figures and martyrs take on. The main role players in his work make a grotesque impression: a process of cruel and extremist people are portrayed on the canvas, ranging from members of the Ku Klux Clan to Nazis and fanatical followers. Historical figures and events are constantly interchanged by personal histories. Because of his cultural background, Armen Eloyan has encountered oppression.