Minas Avetisyan

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Minas Avetisyan (Armenian: Մինաս Ավետիսյան, July 20, 1928 — February 24, 1975) was a Soviet painter of Armenian ethnicity.


Minas Avetisyan was born in the village of Jajur, Soviet Armenia. His mother, Sofo, was a daughter of the priest from Kars. His father, Karapet, was a smith from Mush. His wife was Gayane Mamajanyan.

The main theme of his works was Armenian nature, the nature of Jajur, the religion, poor people, mountains, fields etc.[1]

Avetisyan emerged as an artist at the "Exhibition of Five" in Yerevan (1962). Numerous specialists and visitors to the exhibition appreciated greatly his work. Avetisian's method differs from the method of plain-air painting which was once widespread in Armenian art. For him working form nature is no more than a preliminary stage. The main portion of the work on the canvas was done in his studio.[2]

In 1967, he first appeared on film in the censored and suppressed documentary The Color of Armenian Land[3] by his friend Mikhail Vartanov.

In 1975, Avetisyan died under the wheels of the car, which stopped off at the sidewalk.[4] According to some sources, he was murdered by the KGB.[5]


  1. National Library of Armenia, Minas Avetisyan (1928-1975).
  2. Igitian, G.,"Minas Avetisian." Aurora Art Publishers. 1975.
  3. Minas at Parajanov.com
  4. Minas Avetisyan
  5. Minas: Rekviem

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