My Art Statement
I paint about the beauty of change, inspired by my own personal life experiences, and expressed through images of the short-lived butterfly and the progression of its existence. The colors in my paintings symbolize feelings and emotions that cannot be expressed in words while the traces of pure white untouched canvas represent hopes, dreams and desires that are now unknown but will become clearer in the future. The process of painting nourishes my soul by revealing cocooned memories of life. My art is complete once I feel I have recalled certain stories, capturing and preserving them forever in my images. In similar ways, we all recall our feelings, emotions and experiences, reliving and enjoying them again. Holding onto certain aspects of our pasts and sometimes letting go, we dream of tomorrow.
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.