Beautiful Art for All at Silvana Gallery


“Spring” by Tigran Hovumyan, the master painter of contemporary surrealism.

This past week’s Newsweek magazine had a feature article on the allure and widespread appeal of art collecting. To have a life rich with meaning and beauty, one should acquire good friends for companionship; good books for knowledge; and great art, for utmost enjoyment.

LA art enthusiasts (both seasoned collectors and novices) have a chance to view a most creative, expressive collection of surreal paintings by visiting Armenian artist Tigran Hovumyan. What a thrill it was to visit this opening exhibit at the exquisite Silvana, a gem of an art gallery in the heart of Glendale. One can witness Tigran’s works of art, and unpeel layer after layer of hidden meaning and mystique behind the soft palette of pastel colors, which reveal so much. Surreal art, a blend of realism and “beyond-real,” takes the viewer to another realm — reminiscent of works by Picasso and Dali. Tigran Hovumyan was born in Armenia, studied at the Yerevan Art School, and continued on as faculty of Painting. He has several solo exhibitions and experiences that have taken him throughout the world.

His current specialties are painting, graphics, and sculpture.

Preceding the art opening, curator Margaret Danielak presented a lecture called “Art Collecting 101“ extolling the virtues of art collecting. She cited the documentary Herb & Dorothy, about two Manhattan art collectors of modest means who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. Art is the true embodiment of the soul. Tigran’s work reflects his vivid, colorful imagination and the way he can transform simple subjects (i.e. spring, music, and everyday people) into noble objets d’art, much like Van Gogh. Some of the artist’s pieces of particular note were “Forever Childhood,” “Wise Men Worshiping God,” and “Architect of the Heavens.”

Silvana Gallery is located at 1731 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Ste. 200, in Glendale. For more information, visit or call (818) 662-7070.

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