SOAS University of London

Sonia Balassanian

Sonia Balassanian

Born, Iran
Lives in New York
Multi-Media Artist

Selected Exhibitions

2006 Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, USA. "The Contemporary Persian Scene: The American and European Experience."
2001 Museum de Lakenhal, Holland. "4 Artists of the Armenian Diaspora".
2000 Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Holland. "Continental Shift."
Exit Art, New York, N.Y. "The End: An Independent Vision of Contemporary Culture".
1999 Artotel, Dresden, Germany. "Nabel SCHAU".
1998 Apex Art Gallery, New York, N.Y. "Remembering Times Past", Apex Art Curatorial Program.
1997 XLVII Art Biennale of Venice, Italy. One of five artists representing The Republic of Armenia.
1995 CARGO International Center of Visual Arts, Marseille, France. "International Biennale of Group Art".
Bochum Museum, Bochum, Germany. "Armenia: The Rediscovery of a Land of Ancient Culture". An Exhibition of Armenian Art from Prehistoric Times to Present

Solo Exhibitions

2005 Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, Italy. "Sentenced to Death." An exhibition of video art in conjunction with the Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia at 51st International Art Biennale of Venice.
2004 ACCEA, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. "Brooding" Exhibition of works on paper, video art and installations
1993 Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, N.C.
1992 The Sculpture Center, New York, N.Y.
1989 Exit Art, New York, N.Y.
1982 Franklin Furnace Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1980 Elise Meyer Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1978 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Selected Curated Exhibitions
2000-06 ACCEA, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. Series of multimedia performances.
1995-99 International Art Biennale of Venice, "The Armenian Pavilion," Organizer/ Curator / Commisioner


1970-71 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Drake Press Prize / J. Henry Scheidt European Prize.
Quaker Prize for Meritorious Achievement / Thouron Prize for Outstanding Composition


1978 M.F.A., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1971-72 Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
1970 B.F.A., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Founder and Artistic Director of The Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art, ACCEA Yerevan, Armenia

Organised by the Armenian Institute with Veronica Castro and Dr. Abdollah Guivian, the exhibit will be the highlight of a two-month long series of events, lectures and workshops primarily on Iranian Armenians in Iran and the U.K.

This exhibition has been possible through the generous support of: The Benlian Trust & The St. Sarkis Trust