Ruby Vartan was born to Armenian parents in 1979, in Beirut Lebanon. At the age of seven she discovered her passion for art and started her creative endeavor. Surrounded by the different cultures she was exposed to, she adopted painting as the universally coherent language, to express her inner thoughts and emotions. Having lived the regional and civil wars of Lebanon between the years of 1982 and 1990 she found refuge and beauty in her art to contrast the chaos she was living in. In 1993, at the age of 14, she won the first prize in painting from the Armenian Cultural Center, where she started attending academic art courses and later developed her talents at Emmagoss Art Center. After graduating in Philosophy in 1998, she pursued her passion by specializing in Fine Arts at ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts), and received her Master's Degree in 2003, in Lebanon. She participated in several collective art exhibitions from 1995 till 2007 in Lebanon. In 2008 she moved to the States with her family, where she works and exhibits her paintings currently.
I paint about the beauty of change, inspired by my life itself.
Change in nature creates beauty, and the beauty created within me by the experience of the different stages of life, is expressed through my paintings.
I carefully trace my emotions in each line and leave traces of the pure white canvas untouched that emulates the simplicity of the emptiness often felt within me.
The process of impressing my cocooned memories of life which are in constant change, nourishes my soul. Only then I feel I have overtly told my stories and kept them safe in my paintings, where they dwell to be relived by the observer.
Holding on to my past, and sometimes letting go, I dream of tomorrow...
I personify my paintings with the short-lived butterfly trapped in the cycle of change, expressing the beauty of development in my life..