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Samvel Saghatelian (Sam Saga)

1958 | Yerevan, Armenia

Samvel Saghatelian (aka Sam Saga) was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1958. He graduated from Yerevan Institute of Architecture and pursued a career in architecture. In 1988, at the brink of the collapse of USSR and Armenia’s independence, he started his journey as an artist. In 2001, Saghatelian was one of the artists, who was representing the Armenian Pavilion in the 49th Venice Biennale in Italy, Plateau of Humankind. In 2002, he was awarded a Fellowship from Arts Link (New York) for a residency program at Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, one of the largest international artists and writers program in the United States. He had his first solo exhibition there. Very much attracted to the US art scene, Saghatelian moved to Los Angeles, California, where he currently lives and works.,


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2014 — 19th Annual LA Art Show, Los Angeles, USA.
2013 — “Overload”, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA
2013 — “The New Testosterone”, Coagula Curatorial Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
2012 — International Contemporary Art Festival “Land and Technology” organized by Shushi Art Project, Map Blanket and Performance “Open Censorship”, Shushi, Karabakh.
2012 — “In Search For Paradise”, Centro Arti Visive “Pescheria” collaboration with Antikyan Gallery, Pesaro, Italy.
2012 — Group Show, Bruce Lurie Gallery, West Hollywood, CA.
2012 — 17th Annual LA ART SHOW, Mooradian Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
2011 — 25th Anniversary of La Luz De Jesus Gallery. Los Angeles, USA.
2011 — “Independence” Alternative Contemporary Art show , Opera Square,Yerevan, Armenia.
2011 — “Mysterious Objects”, portraits of Joan Quinn, Santa Ana Art College, California, USA.
2011 — Group Show , Museum Carcere Borbonico, Avelino, Italy.
2010 — Group Show “Armeni”, Castel del Ovo Museum, Napoli, Italy.
2009 — Aqua Art Miami 2009, Black Maria Gallery, Miami, USA.
2009 — LA Digital Juried Show (curator Rita Gonzales , LACMA), Los Angeles, USA.
2009 — “Everything But The Kitchen Sync” , La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2008 — La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
2007 — Juried Group Show, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 — “Deeeeesire” Gatoo Galleries,California State University, Long Beach, USA.
2007 — “Immigrant Punk” Black Maria Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
2006 — “Hot: Images That Sizzle” APG Gallery, Atlanta, USA.
2006 — Group Show, Gallery Bremer, Berlin, Germany.
2005 —Group Show “Over the Age” APG Gallery, Atlanta, USA
2004 — Group Show “Arrival” Articultural Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
2003 — Fundraising Group Show, Hunter Times Square Gallery, New York, USA.
2002 — Exhibition of Armenian Artists: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA), Tehran, Iran.
2001 — Video Installation “Blessed Land”, XLIX Venice Biennale, Armenian Pavilion Arte Domus Gallery, Kortrijk, Belgium
2000 — “Civic Commotion”, The Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA), Yerevan, Armenia.
1999 — “Closed City”, Group show of Armenian and Russian Contemporary Artists. Hye-Art Cultural Center, Yerevan, Armenia.
1998 — Group Show, Sergio Caribe Galeria de Arte, San Paolo, Brazil
1998 — “At the Brink of 21st century” Museum of Contemporary Art , Yerevan, Armenia.
1998 — “Yerevan Avant-Garde Art”, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia
1998 — Armenian and Russian Artists exhibition, “Luis Borges ” cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1997 — Group Show “Breakthrough”, House of Parliament, Yerevan, Armenia. “Post Soveticum”.
1995 — Gala Opening of the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia.


2013 — “TransRomanse”, Yerevan, Armenia
2004 — Articultural Gallery, Los Angeles USA
2004 — Articultural Gallery, Los Angeles USA
2003 — Series “Grotesque Reality”, Harvest Gallery, Glendale, California, USA
2002 — Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont State, USA