Alexandra Manukyan received a BFA in graphic design from UCLA in 2004. Her paintings examine the idea that our seemingly separate and isolated life experiences disguise the extent of our communal bonds.
Manukyan combines traditional oil painting with surrealist symbolism to communicate the impact of technological innovations on the human body and psyche. One recurring motif in her paintings is the feminine form that bears the burdens of worldly grief and mistakes, her body bowed to represent resignation.
Masks and assumed identities obstruct the conscious mind from acknowledging what unites us as human beings, she says. ‘The false facades we manufacture blind us to the meaningful idea of a shared experience.’
In addition to painting, she has since 1990 worked in fashion and entertainment, screen printing, writing fashion editorials and worked for the companies such as Susan Borrows, Bill Glazer and Fashion Life.
Her paintings are collected worldwide.
Artist: Alexandra Manukyan
Exhibitions: 2015 August 15, ECOLOGY (solo exhibition), Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2015 October, LE PETITE FOURS, Friends of lion Gallery, Sydney, Australia 2015 July 15 to November 4, PHANTASTISCHE VENUS, in thee Altes Rathaus, Viechtach, Germany 2015 October, THE BIRDS, at Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK 2015 February, THE DIRTY SHOW, International Erotic Art Exhibition, Feature Exhibition, Detroit, MI 2014 October 11, RUNNUNG WITH SCISSORS, at Kwan Fong Gallery, Thousand Oaks, CA 2014 October 10th-November 18th, ROUGH AND READY SIDESHOW, at Bash Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2014 March 15th, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER (solo exhibition) at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA 2013 November 13th, FANTASY FAIR, at Bash Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2013 August 7, 20th ANNIVERSARY, at ‘Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2013 August, ART COLLECTOR STARTER KIT at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA 2013 April 13, THE ANNIVERSARY SHOW, at Last Rites, New York, NY 2013 March 23, FUTUROLOGY, at Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2013 March 23, ART COLLECTOR STARTER KIT, at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA 2013 March 9, THE MAN SHOW, at Kwang Wong Gallery, Thousand Oaks, CA 2013 January 19th - February 23th, SINE QUA NONE (solo exhibition ), at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY 2012 December 15th, THE ILLUMINATION, at Copro Gallery. Santa Monica, CA 2012 July 7th - August 11th, TABBOO, at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY 2012 March 23, I WANT TO BE FIRST, at Kat Von D's Wonderland Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2012 January 6-29th, SECRETS AND CONFESSION (solo exhibition ), at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2011 December 10th, group show at Silvana Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2011 October, BEYOND EDEN , represented by La Luz de Jesus Gallery at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA 2011 September 10-October 14, group show at Silvana Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2011 April 27th THE PAOWER OF ART AND MUSIC, the 6th annual international exhibition at Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, Los Angeles, CA 2008 April 7-8 NEW RENESANCE, at Olimp Art Center, Los Angeles, CA 2007 April 23-24 Memorial Art Exhibition at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Hall, Los Angeles, CA