Alain Vassoyan 

About his work
The fascination of Alain Vassoyan with conflict doesn't set him off on a path of wonder, unless this wonder into conflict with his imagination and humor; a terminal station for the grammar of tragedy. In his sculptures, the viewer is initially faced with the innocence of toys and childhood, only to open up later as disturbed and disfigured characters; victims of a transformation both psychic and physical. The toys are storytellers of a world in collapse or already collapsed, flimsy and yet curiously alive. A number of subtle themes from the Lebanese Civil War rise out of playfulness and grow into their tragic magnitude, with a perverse comic allure. With the exposure to the disfigured bodies and weapons, the viewer is no longer certain whether the morphological dichotomy is between the figurative and the real, or between the real and ourselves.
The allegory that emerges between humor and catastrophe does not stop at critique but involves the audience in an absolute derision of the dramas of war and the human condition in general. he points towards an intoxicating vision: It is a world exactly like ours. The narrative elements in his imaginary world present themselves as irredeemable; that is the source of their radiance.


Alain Vassoyan was born in Beirut, in 1966, and he still lives and works in the city. Since 1997, he has participated in different solo and group exhibitions in Montreal and Beirut. He has taken part in the “Salon D’Automne” at Sursock Museum and exhibited twice at Galerie Janine Rubeiz: “Djoudou City” (2009) and “Labyrinthe d’oiseaux” (2011). Vassoyan's work was previously exhibited at Hyogo Prefectural Museum in Kobe (Japan) and recipient of an award in an international competition. Galerie Janine Rubeiz showcased the artist's work at the fair ’Art 14 in London’ (2014). He is renowned for his three dimensional sculptural installations, and his work is permanently exhibited with Galerie Janine Rubeiz.