Alain Vassoyan

Born in 1966, Alain Vassoyan is a Lebanese-Canadian artist based in Beirut. He studied Sculpture at the Ecole de Ceramique Bonsecours in Montreal and Art History at Montreal University. He's currently teaching sculpting at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA) and the Saint Joseph University of Beirut.

Vassoyan's work has been showcased in collective and individual exhibitions around the world. He held solo exhibitions at "Salle du Gesu" in Montreal, Canada (1995) and at Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Beirut, Lebanon (2009, 2011, and 2017). His artworks were part of several collective exhibitions: "Constantin Brancusi Cultural Center" in Montreal, Canada (1995), "Goethe Institute" in Beirut, Lebanon (2005); "Sursock Museum" in Beirut, Lebanon (2006 and 2018); "Beirut Art Fair", Lebanon (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015); "Art 14" in London, UK (2014); "Abu Dhabi Art" in the UAE (2014); and "Break all Frames" at Beit Beirut, Lebanon (2014). In 2005, he participated as a contestant in the international contest of "Hyogo Prefector Museum" in Kobe, Japan.

Vassoyan is renowned for his three-dimensional sculptural installations, and his work is permanently exhibited with Galerie Janine Rubeiz.


About his work:


The fascination of Alain Vassoyan with conflict doesn't set him off on a path of wonder unless this wonder enters into conflict with his imagination and humour; 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 humour and catastrophe does not stop at critique but involves the audience in 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.



Related Exhibitions

"Oeuvres Récentes" - Collective Exhibition 2017

July 26, 2017 to August 22, 2017

October 17, 2019 - First Edition

December 04, 2019 to January 08, 2020

Beirut 2020 - Collective Exhibition

October 14, 2020 to November 27, 2020

Alain Vassoyan - "Inside My Broken Forest"

October 12, 2022 to November 05, 2022

Alain Vassoyan

March 11, 2009 to April 02, 2009

Alain Vassoyan

November 09, 2011 to November 26, 2011

Art 14 London

February 28, 2014 to March 02, 2014

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2013

November 20, 2013 to November 23, 2013

Beirut Art Fair 2013

September 19, 2013 to September 22, 2013

Beirut Art Fair 2015

September 17, 2015 to September 20, 2015

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2012

November 19, 2009 to November 22, 2009

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2014

November 05, 2014 to November 08, 2014

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2017

November 08, 2017 to November 11, 2017

Rising Art

July 25, 2019 to July 28, 2019

30 Years of Color - Collective Exhibition

November 25, 2023 to December 30, 2023