Armenian Earthquake Survivor Arsen Asatryan Finds Hope In Art.

Art and its power to heal.


Arsen Asatryan is an artist living and working in Spitak, Armenia.


Though he painted at a young age, he didn’t commit himself seriously to the art until after the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, which left him paralyzed.


In those years, painting became both a source of solace and a way to contribute toward Arsen’s medical expenses.


“I was in a wheelchair and I needed something to occupy myself, and a job that didn’t involve using my legs,” he says. “I decided to pursue my childhood dream.”


Arsen’s work ranges from traditional still life to Armenian iconography and biblical scenes.


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