Garo Z. Antreasian 1922-2018
Fine artist and teacher Garo Antreasian was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1922. He received a BFA degree from John Herron School of Art (Indianapolis, 1948). During the following two years he studied with Will Barnett at the Art Students League and Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York. An early interest in printmaking led him to national notoriety in the technical and artistic potential of Fine Art Lithography. Upon the founding of the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Los Angeles in 1960, he became the first Technical Director. He moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1964 to accept a faculty position with the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico. In 1971, he co-wrote The Tamarind Book of Lithography: Art and Techniques with Clinton Adams, which became the definitive text for creative lithography internationally. His alliance with Tamarind continued until 1972. During his teaching career at UNM, he also lectured nationally until retirement in 1988. During this period he received numerous honors and awards and recognition throughout the world. Since retirement, he has devoted himself full-time to his art, and his legacy including the publication of his book in 2015 Garo Z. Antreasian / reflections on life and art / introduction by William Peterson.
His work is included in the permanent collections of many major museums and universities throughout the United States, including the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the University of New Mexico Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the Boston Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Library of Congress and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Garo made many life-long friends along his eventful 96 year journey and continues to inspire artists of today.