Born in 1951 in Cairo, the son of Armenian refugees who fled the Turkish incursions in 1915-16, Chant Avedissian studied fine art at the School of Art and Design in Montreal and applied arts at the National Higher School of Decorative Arts in Paris. He is a celebrated artist whose work, according to the Barjeel Art Foundation,
engages the viewer with a body of work that integrates images of iconic figures in Egyptian history, traditional Pharaonic iconography and art of the 1950s and 1960s.1
According to his biography on the website of the Sabrina Amrani Gallery,
Coming from Christian Armenian traditions due to his origins, but raised and educated inside the Egyptian culture and schools, he and his work had been always committed to the identity of nations, traditions and culture. His work for the Aga Khan Foundation with celebrated Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy (1900-1989), inspired him to develop a strong interest in traditional art and local materials: all the tracks and tools he follows to understand and get a close look to his own primal identity as a transversal human being.2
Among the institutions that have acquired his work at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution; the British Museum, London; the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam; the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh; the National Gallery, Amman, Jordan; and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in the UAE.3
1 “Chant Avedissian.” Barjeel Art Foundation. Accessed January 20, 2020. https://www.barjeelartfoundation.org/artist/egypt/chant-avedissian. Archived at https://perma.cc/RF5V-LQEU.
2 “Sabrina Amrani Gallery - Artists | Chant Avedissian.” Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Accessed January 20, 2020. http://www.sabrinaamrani.com/the-gallery/artists/Chant-Avedissian. Archived at https://perma.cc/R62K-8RHX.
3 Avedissian, Chant. n.d. “Chant Avedissian Official Website.” Accessed January 20, 2020. http://chantavedissian.com/. Archived at https://perma.cc/9W6M-FN48.