Monique Sarkessian earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at Tyler School of Art. Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the US including 2 museums and several universities. She also has also painted and exhibited in France and Italy. She has painted in many plein air events and competitions.
Her work is featured in Art Up Close shown at Art Basel, Miami, Art Expo NY, Spectrum Miami, Art Monaco, Architectural Digest fairs and in publications Art in America Guide 2016-17 and Art Up Close World Edition 2015-17.
Monique Sarkessian creates oil, mixed media and encaustic wax paintings and salvaged sculptures. By applying abstraction, Sarkessian creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer on a journey between two worlds, the temporal and the spiritual.
Her paintings radiate a visual feast. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition performs an act of meditation.
Monique’s mission is to show us though her paintings why we should appreciate our existence, enjoy the beautiful nature around us, understand the glory and importance of what we have, our families and friends and the mercy of God and His various gifts of love and humanity. There messages of eternal love, heavenly glory, relation to nature and its creatures can be found in Monique’s works. After looking at her paintings, we can close our eyes and still see the dazzling colors and images, hear a soft and mysterious music in our ear, as if her brush is moving on the canvas slowly and gracefully, celebrating life! We are limited in our human understanding and seeing beyond the frontmost form into the essence is what she does best.
Monique Sarkessian is an exuberant, prolific, expressionistic painter of the world around and inside of us. Monique’s paintings have a juicy richness of color and luxurious application and spiritual heart that make her works unlike others around her. Akin to the Nabi movement painters such as Bonnard, she has the ability to see beyond and into the subjects she paints. This experience brings the viewer into the spiritual essence of the flower or person portrayed and reveals her heart to the world, and that world responds by collecting her works in abundance, making Monique Sarkessian one of the most popular and most collected artists in Chester County. Monique also presents painting workshops in the US and abroad and exhibits in solo and group shows throughout the year.