Sonia Balassanian

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Born in Iran, Sonia Balassanian lives and works in New York and Armenia. She is of Armenian origin. She holds a BFA from the joint program of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MFA from Pratt Institute…


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Born in Iran, Sonia Balassanian lives and works in New York and Armenia. She is of Armenian origin. She holds a BFA from the joint program of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is also an alumnus of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her numerous works have been exhibited internationally.

Sonia Balassanian’s direction took a dramatic turn after the 1979 events in Iran. Henceforth, the artist who had started as an abstract painter turned to “political art” and became a social activist. She began concentrating on social and political issues related to the atrocities of war and the ensuing sufferings of trapped populations. In the years since, she has also been focusing on various aspects of human rights, women’s emancipation issues, etc.

Website: soniabalassanian.com

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