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Amalya Nane Tumanian

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Lives in
Tualatin, OR

Works in
Independent Artist


Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, 2011, MFA
Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, OR, 2013, M.Ed
Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, Yerevan, Armenia, 1978, BA
IDSVA, 2014, PhD

figurative, abstract, modern, mixed-media, surrealism, charcoal, contemporary, mixed media, amtunane, exhibition/performance, oil, oil paintings, semi-abstract


Artist Statement

Art is my language of communication of my personal feelings, and experience, a visual statement of my philosophy and aesthetics; I search for beauty in an ordinary, in life's big and small events, in people around me. It is simple and complex at the same time, as I analyze it through my own perception, and my philosophy about values and meaningful relationships. For my compositions I use photo references or sketches, but often create from memory and by imagination. I characterize my style as a mixture of expressionism, and a conceptual with the addition of a superficial decorative elements. I experiment with combining organic and geometric forms and shapes to create a unique balance that conceptually represent for me the present society where the technology became an inseparable part of the organic life. In my mixed media works I use almost all art media that I could appropriate for a two-dimensional artwork by mixing, adding and subtracting them till I get the satisfying me expression. In oil painting I keep more traditional approach with multilayer paintings and glassing on canvas or a gessoed board. I like to work in the series that are grouped by style and the theme. Presently I am working on the series of artworks named “The composition of organic and inorganic forms in the expressive imagery.”


Her first oil painting Amalya Nane Tumanian (amtunané) did at the age of 15. Since then, she has many solo and group local and international exhibitions with a successful sells to a private and corporate collections in USA, Australia, India, Canada, and France. Her artistic life and work were highlighted in the numerous state and local periodicals and on the OPB channel in Portland, Oregon. Her work, continue to attract the attention and has won a number of locally and internationally awards. Born in Yerevan, capital of Armenian Republic, Amalya Nané Tumanian prior to emigrating with her family to the USA was already a well established artist, art Instructor at the Yerevan State College of Arts, and an elected member of the Soviet Art Union; Some of her artworks were purchased by the Russian and Armenian governments, in the museums and public places in Armenia and Moscow, toured in a group exhibitions in Hungary, Spain and Germany. In 2014 one of painting, “Cheerful Light” was juried in among 60 finalist from the 3017 contestants into A.R.T. International Art Fair in Taipei , Taiwan.

Amalya Nane Tumanian received MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, California, have BA in Industrial Design from the Yerevan State Academy of Arts, Armenia, M.Ed in Content Area from the Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon, and in the spring of 2014 stating my Ph.D program at the Institute of Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts (IDSVA) in art aesthetics and philosophy. Presently, along with her family, she lives in Portland, Oregon. Represented by Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ and Forever Art Gallery, Portland, OR.

Recent Exhibits

Amalya Nane Tumanian participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2011 AAU Group Showcase
Academy of Art University 79 Gallery
Feb, 2011 "My San Francisco Experience"
410 Gallery
Dec, 2010 Small Works Group Show
625 Sutter Gallery
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Amalya Nane Tumanian has Exhibited at these venues:

Academy of Art University 79 Gallery 410 Gallery
625 Sutter Gallery
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