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Dikran

DIKRAN DAKESSIAN

An Armenian artist born in Egypt.

Dikran’s interest in art was evident at a very young age when he participated in a local exhibition open to all age groups and was awarded “Best in Show” at age 14.

He studied art at school and had private tuition from renowned Armenian artists, Ashot Zorian, Simon Samsonian and Puzant Godjamanian, the latter being named “King of Colours” by king Farouk of Egypt.

Encouraged by his teachers, Dikran took a 4 year course at Leonardo Da Vinci School of Art under the watchful eyes of Italian Master Artists.

Following his graduation, Dikran was accepted into the prestigious Ecole Des Baux Arts where he undertook intensive training and perfected his techniques with local and international artists and teachers for 3 more years while working as commercial artists at his father’s photo-engraving business.

Married in Cairo in 1960 Dikran immigrated to New Zealand in 1962 where he and his wife were blessed with 2 children. To provide for his young family, Dikran worked in 3 world renowned advertising agencies. First as an intermediate, then as senior artist and held a managerial position over 15 artists while he continued his art studies in magazine illustration at The Wellington Polytechnic School of Art and made time to participate in group exhibitions. In 1968 he moved his family to Toronto, Canada where he worked in advertising agencies and art studios as senior artist.

He formed a partnership with fellow artist starting his own graphic art studio catering the needs of large multinational companies. He was a respected member of Oakville Art Society and Burlington Art Centre of Canada. His last position was as the art director at two newspapers.

Dikran has been painting throughout his career, participating in different exhibitions and selling his art from his home studio. In his spare time, he dedicated his time to  many Armenian organisations and designed a monument dedicated to the Victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, which now stands on the grounds of AGBU Toronto.

He now devotes most of his time to his art and has had three solo exhibitions in Toronto.
Dikran now resides in Sydney Australia. His paintings are in many collections around the world.

dikran@dakessianart.com

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