Global Art

Vahe Tokmajyan, a professional sculptor and instructor for the University of Calgary’s Continuing Education recently represented Canada at a sculpture biennale in Argentina and won the Public Choice Award for his sculpture entitled Global Idea.

The inspiration for the design of his marble sculpture came from the globalization theme of the biennale and the multiculturalism he sees as a Canadian citizen residing in Calgary. His design is a multiple-faced composition that forms one united portrait of humanity in the 21st century. It symbolizes the concept of nations, races, religions, genders, and perceptions united in one that is spinning around the axes of globalization.

“This award is very special to me because I was one of 10 international sculptors chosen by a recognized jury from around the world,” says Tokmajyan, an experienced instructor, who has taught sculpture and drawing for several years at the Armenia Republican College of Arts before coming to Canada. Now living in Calgary, he exhibits internationally and has pieces in marble, bronze and metal in several collections in Armenia, Ukraine, Italy, Greece and Canada.

The 2010 International Sculpture Biennial was held July 17-24, in Resistencia, the Capital City of Chaco, Argentina. He was one of 10 of international artists who performed—in the open sky and before thousands of spectators—an original and unprecedented sculptural work.

Tokmajyan was awarded the 2007 Calgary Immigrants of Distinction Award in the category of Art and Culture. Currently, he instructs several classes for U of C Continuing Education, including Sculpting in Stone, Classical Figurative Sculpting, Basic Drawing, Portrait Drawing and Figure Drawing. In the fall he will teach Basic Drawing, Portrait Drawing, and Figure Drawing.

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