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Born in Egypt, Hagop Hagopian returned to Armenia, his ancestral home, while it was still a Soviet republic. His decision to eschew Social Realist bombast for brittle, tender renditions of the local countryside cost him prominence, but endeared him to his countrymen. Hagopian’s style recasts the muted expressionism of postwar School of Paris painters as a poetically elliptical approach to what was at once entirely ordinary and politically charged imagery — a way of declaring a love for a patch of land without turning it into so many post-card views. Even Hagopian’s renditions of Mount Ararat, the touchstone of Armenian nationalism, are aloof and contemplative. Hagopian prefers to invest his passion in the most unassuming things, whether gnarled, barren trees, the roofs and sides of buildings, or stones by the side of the road.

Peter Frank

La Weekly 2006

Hagopian avoids overstatements and garish colours. Instead he uses deliberately understated hues to convey a message that is clear to the point of perfection; the message, that comes straight from his heart, is about the utmost value of the human soul and is addressed to the inverse. This humanism in action makes Hagopian a truly modern artist. G. Ostrovsky

art critic Ukraine

The artist somehow manages to remain serene in this confused world, and at the same time introduces the whole range of emotions of a modern man to the audience. It is like a bliss; the music in his paintings is painstakingly accurate and the silence is absolute. It is an eternal and infinitely modern dream. V. Lebedeva

art critic Moscow

My emotions are vested in everything I have created… Hagop Hagopian