Garo Margossian was born in the birthplace of art, philosophy and democracy, in 1940 Athens, Greece.
Garo was already a promising young artist at the age of twenty-three, and his eyes were filled with the splendor of antique art, when he emigrated to Canada.
He set up his studio in Montreal, working of necessity and living to
paint, and not painting to live. Concurrently pursued his studies in
visual arts at Sir George Williams University.
His curiosity in the currents of American painting and the desire to
continue his studies led him to Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. On
completion of his art courses succesfully, two years later Garo returned
to Montreal. He took up studies at the Concordia University, where he
earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Art History and Studio
By a close study of the merits of the old masters and the “moderns”,
Garo gained confidence and mastery of the techniques of painting and
drawing. Avoiding any preconcieved system and without prejudice, he
continued painting from a thorough knowledge of tradition, the reasoned,
and free sense of his own artistic individuality, arriving at his own
Since his graduation, he travelled extensively on the continent and has
had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Athens,
Paris and Marseilles, attracting the art critics and the spectators.
Garo dealt with illimitable experience in his trade, working as
illustrator, freelance art critic and political cartoonist in “Horizin”
and “Photographos” newspapers.
In 1990, he was invited by the Cultural Ministry of the (newly
independent) republic of Armenia to participate in the symposium given
in honor of the great Armenian painter Aivazovsky, which was held in
Kremea (Ukraine) and Armenia.
The “Armenia” Series, monumental works in their own right, represent
Garo’s views on social, political and religious issues. Executed with
much sensibility and devotion to his Armenian heritage. But, most
importantly in his treatment of “The Massacre 1915”, “Garapagh”,
“Blasphemy” details become softened ad he takes on the challenge of
capturing the essence of human sensations, expressing his inner voice
and spirit, which also belong to his people.
Even though Garo lived under various cultural influences, but a certain
“aroma” of his birthplace clings to his watercolors. Garo is a master of
light and color, which he inherits from his mediterranean background.
His landscapes, still lives, portraitures and streetscapes take life
when this brightness penetrates through the petals of the roses or
through the curtain of a window. Thus, creating a bold yet sensitive and
elusive works of art.
Garo’s Monotype prints, described also as a method of painting, have
inimitable charm. The impression can be made only once, thus each print
or painting is inevitably unique.
From the most secret recess of his being, Garo has drawn profound
statements through this medium, which escapes all human limits, thus
breaking the barriers and entering the regions of his powerful vision.
Ridding art of all that it has contained of recognizable material to
date; all traditional ideas, all popular symbols have been banished.
The revelations we receive, the conception of an image, which embraces
the ghostly and metaphysical abstraction of life, not apparent within
its outline. The objects and figures represented in it, poetically tell
us of something that is far away from them and also of what their shapes
materially hide from us.
Garo is distinguished by the ability to translate the intangible themes
of human nature into visible art. These art works, evoke such agony or
joy, undoubtedly leaving the deepest impression on our visual memory.
Garo presently resides in Montreal, completely dedicated to his art work.
He is a member of The Armenian Artists’ Union of Armenia and The
Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
1988-93 Concordia University - Printmaking - Montreal
1988 B.F.A. Concordia University Montreal
1983-88 Concordia University – Art History & Studio Art - Montreal
1971-72 Chicago Academy of Fine Arts – Anatomy & Drawing - U.S.A
1970-71 Sir George Williams University -Visual Arts Montreal
ONE PERSON EXHIBITION
2003 Artower Agora / Artnet Galleries Athens
1993 Salle Aharonian Centre Montreal 1990 Armenian C. C. Montreal
1986 Armenian Cultural Centre Montreal
1985 Yan’s Club Paris
1985 Armenian Cultural Centre of Marseille France
1984 Salle " Parnassos " Athens
1983 " Hamazkain " Gallery Toronto
1981 Salle Aharonian Centre Montreal
1977 Armenian Cultural Centre Montreal
1977 Hellenic Cultural Centre Montreal
1976 Salle Aharonian Centre Montreal
1975 " Hamazkain " Armenian Cultural Ass. Montreal
1975 " Hamazkian " Armenian Cultural Ass. Toronto
1974 University of Montreal Montreal
1973 Armenian Community Centre Montreal
2004 “Hamazkain” Arm. Cultural Ass. (With .Mandalian) Montreal
2002 Armenian Artists of Montreal Montreal
2002 Touring Art Exhibit ( Canadian-Armenian Artists ) Canada-U.S.A.
2002 Marché Bonsecours Montreal
2000 Gallery V.A.V. ( Concordia Univ. ) Montreal
1999 Hellenic Community Centre Montreal
1998 Hellenic Community Centre Montreal
1996 Town of Mount-Royal City Hall Montreal
1996 U.G.A.B. Centre (90th Anniversary ) Montreal
1994 University of Montreal
1992 Dittmar Gallery ( Northwestern University ) Chicago
1990 Hotel Plaza de la Chaudière " HERITAGE "
(to commemorate the Armenian genocide) Hull
1988 Altman Gallery (For the victims of the earthquake in Armenia) Montreal
1987 Armenian Community Centre Montreal
1987 Armenian Cultural Centre Salonika - Greece
1986 Concordia University, V.A. Gallery Montreal
1975 Place Bonaventure Montreal
1975 Concordia University Montreal
1972 Evanston Women’s Club Chicago
1972 Academy of Fine Arts Chicago
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS / Selected newspapers
In Montreal: Horizon , Abaka , Helenic Postman , Courrier Bordeau Cartiervil
In Paris: Haratch , Gamk , Hayasdan (magazine)
In Marseille: Mercury Express
In California: Nor Gyank
In Athens: Azad Or (daily), Azad Or Year Book, 2001
In Athens: Armenika ( periodical )March-April, 2002
In Boston: Hayrenik , The Armenian Reporter Int’l , The Suburben
Political cartoonist: for "Horizon" weekly in Montreal
and " Photographos" periodical in Greece..
Illustrator: "The Fool " for a limited edition publication of a poem by Mateos Zarifian .
Teacher: " SOURP HAGOP " Armenian school in Montreal
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