Born in New York City Kevork Cholakian attended classes at the Art Students League and the Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Art before earning a Bachelor of fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After graduation began working in broadcast television as a graphic designer and later moved to Los Angeles to take a senior design director position in that field. Throughout his career he pursued his passion for fine art through his still life paintings. Showing in Galleries in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Arizona.
After leaving television in 2010 to pursue his art fulltime Kevork also developed an interest in ceramics. His work focuses on sculpture related to his still life painting. Kevork currently lives and works in LA where his work continues to evolve.
The play of what is real and what is not is an important part of my work. I use realism to convey humor, scale, irony, importance and familiarity to my subjects, but often add elements that prompt a second look. A constructed reality.
My compositions are simple, sparse and void of all that is unnecessary. I focus mostly on everyday objects, where the mundane becomes heroic, seducing the viewer to take a second look and see things sometimes obvious and sometimes hidden. I want to challenge our preconception of the use of materials and prompt a closer look at the seemingly ordinary things around us.
1977 - BFA (Communications Design) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
1973 - Fiorello La Guardia H. S. of Music and Art, New York City
2013 - Look Closer, Gallery J2, Scottsdale, AZ
2009 - Spring Back, Fall Ahead, Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles
2008 - Larger Than Life, Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles
2013 - Silent Communication, Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2010 - Tarfest, Juried Group Exhibition. Los Angeles. CA
2007 - Group Show, James Gray Gallery, Santa Monica CA
- Juried Group Show, San Diego Institute of Art, Museum of The Living Artist
2002 - Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998 - Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, New York City
1996 - Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, New York City
1995 - Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, New York City
1994 - Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, New York City
1993 - Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, New York City
- Juried Competition Audubon Artists, New York City
1992 - Group Exhibition, Karen Warshaw Ltd., New York City
- Juried Competition, Salmagundi Club, New York City
1991 - Juried Competition Audubon Artists, New York City
2013 - Kevork A. Cholakian “Look Closer” American Art Collector Magazine. November 2013 Volume 97 pp 126-127
- Kevork A. Cholakian “Look Closer” Phoenix NewTimes. Jackolope Ranch Blog, Katrina Montgomery. Digital File
2013 - Gallery J2, Scottsdale AZ
- Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 - Best in Show, Juried Competition Audubon Artists, New York City
1991 - 3rd Place, Juried Competition Audubon Artists, New York City
- Arizona State University Art Museum (Ceramics)
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