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Armen Agop


Armen Agop was born to Armenian parents in Cairo, Egypt, where he was confronted daily with the dualities of the two ancient cultures. The dialog between the two heritages created in him a continuous reevaluation of values, a unique perspective between east and west and old and new. 

He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Helwan University in Cairo, where he was also awarded an assistant research scholarship. Agop began to exhibit his work in many diverse shows throughout Egypt and received the Sculpture Prize from the Autumn Salon in 1998. His national recognition was confirmed in 2000 when he received the State Prize of Artistic Creativity, “The Rome Prize.” After staying in Rome the first year, he moved to Pietrasanta, Italy where he lives and works today.

Through his meditative process Agop developed a personal relation with matter and time, resulting in works that describe precisely, ambiguous entities.  His sculptures can be perplexing, often appearing as futuristic beings or UFOs, and at the same time, remind one of the soberness of ancient Egyptian art in its powerful lines and simple forms.

In 2010 he won the Umberto Mastroianni award and in 2013 he was awarded the Sulmona prize, the Presidential Medal of the Italian Republic.