The exceptional work of American realist painter Mark Arian is the product of natural artistic talent, heartfelt passion, and more than fifty years of study and observation. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1947 and received formal training in painting and sculpture at the Frudakis Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Barnstone Studios in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a private art academy in Florence, Italy, and the La Jolla Athenaeum, and Watts Atelier in San Diego, California.
At the age of 21, Arian entered a monastery in California in search of spiritual enlightenment, where he devoted the next 18 years of his life to the service of the order as a monk. There, his early morning meditations were followed by ten to twelve hours of creating drawings, paintings, and murals for the monastery. In addition, he was sent to some of the leading art schools of the day to study. This monastic life allowed him to both refine his technical skills and open his heart and mind to the spiritual beauty of the world around him.
Arian's purpose is to utilize the technical mastery of drawing and painting to express the joy and beauty permeating the physical world. His artistic influences are the French master William Bouguereau, American realist John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, Russian Masters Ilya Repin, and Nicolai Fecin, and contemporary realist Richard Schmid.
Museums, corporations, celebrities such as George Harrison and Michael Jackson, former monarchs, the Prince of Saudi Arabia and the Princess of Iran, as well as some of the most prominent art collectors in the USA and China have acquired Arian’s paintings.
His work benefits from worldwide recognition. It has been presented in prestigious art fairs and continues to find placement in important collections.
Arian's work has been displayed in the Australian Museum in Sydney, Australia, the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, USA, and The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California, USA.
"To me, art is an expression of the rapture of being...unveiling a fragment of the radiance within all form. I believe that art can awaken the soul to the timeless presence of beauty and truth.”
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