VICTORIA NARE KARAPETIAN
"If I could not devote myself to what I am passionate about, life would lose meaning."
Victoria Nare Karapetian was born in Armenia, Erevan in a humble and educated family. Her childhood and adolescence passed between moving and moving. At eight years old, she and her family moved to Krasnodar, Russia for a job offer to her stepfather. After two years of living there, they returned to their hometown. After the next two years and in search for a better future, they decided to move again from their country, this time it was to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her biological father left her when she was just one year old, at age four her mother married her stepfather who adopted her by giving her the last name Karapetian. The feeling of being nomad was what marked her childhood and adolescence. Once in Buenos Aires, without knowing how to speak Spanish and being 14 years old she easily adapted to customs and quickly learned the language. There she studied the career of Fashion Designer and devoted herself to it for 12 years. Although she chose this career, she never fully committed herself to exercise it. Her dream was to be an artist. Her adolescence was very difficult since she had to work from an early age, that is, from the age of 14 to help her family financially. She still remembers how she studied in the subway while traveling to work. “Work and study,” this is how her sweetest years of youth went by obligation after obligation. Her life took on a positive turn when in 2010 she met her current husband Martin Llamedo, who helped her to enter the Figurative Art world, which is her passion. It was when her husband Martin Llamedo taught classes in Buenos Aires and she allowed herself to start taking classes with him. Her talent was instantly noticed, as she quickly improved her technique and her ideas from the beginning appeared to be interesting.
More than two years ago they moved to Spain, they decided to do so, partly for work reasons and partly because of the chaotic economic/political situation in which Argentina was in. In Spain, she lived for two years in Madrid and recently resides in Barcelona. Victoria is an extremely sensitive, noble and generous person. She has shown great talent in the figurative arts considering she has been devoted to it for only five years. At the moment she is in search of representation, although her artistic production is not abundant yet.
Her style is figurative realistic, mostly always containing the human figure. In each work, she tries to leave a trace of her essence. In each brushstroke a fragment of her life experience, of her aura. For Victoria, an art piece cannot be merely a technical demonstration, it has to have a touching and consistent idea, a footprint that characterizes the artist, that makes it unique, that leaves the viewer reflecting and is not simply a beautiful piece of decoration.
Victoria’s artwork has the power to bring your own shadow side to the surface, and at the same instant moment it transmutes it into light. A light we all carry and through her art she brings it through you. It’s the details, the silences, the treasures and many stories at the same time. Just like that. Her artwork offers you the opportunity to relive a past that you never had but that somehow you recognize. Her art invokes in you a peculiar feeling of familiarity in the midst of a strange life…and quite frankly, all is fine.
Q. What role does the Artist have in society?
A. I think that the artist is a kind of alchemist who persists, in our virtual times and advanced technologies, in turn, intends to preserve the roots. The painting, the drawing conceived them as essential to the human being. It is the approach to the pure, as we did in our childhood, to the essential and the creative. In some way, it is the expression of the soul. As are all artistic disciplines.
Q. What’s your best childhood memory?
A. My memories of when I went to kindergarten at the hands of my grandmother, who was a pillar for me from an early age.
Q. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A. I dreamed of being a figure skater.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. As the first work of art, I could consider a graphite drawing that I did in the classes taught by Martin Llamedo. It was a woman with a mask surrounded by flowers. At that time, I was 31 years old.
Q. How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
A. I have always been passionate about art, but it was 2 years ago when we moved to Spain that it became a serious interest by profession. In addition to the move, I was facing job uncertainty. As a result of a difficult search, I got a job as a Product Manager, while taking advantage of every minute of my free time to paint. It emptied me, I needed to devote myself to what I was passionate about, it was the first time in my life that I could do it and the need was uncontrollable. After agreeing with my husband, I quit the Product Manager job to devote full time to painting. Being more exact, just 1 year ago.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. I try to somehow capture the states of the human being, conscious and/or unconscious. Earthly and/or spiritual. The fears of being finite. The conscious search to belong and the unconscious search to transcend.
Q. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
A. Probably stubbornness.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. Somehow I sacrificed economic security, since working as a Fashion Designer or Product Manager is the security of having a monthly salary secured by your tasks, however, in the artist's career, it is very difficult to have security and economic stability.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. Of the consecrated artists of the past, some of my greatest influences are; Rembrandt, Hieronymus Bosch, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Edgar Maxence, etc. Of the contemporary artists, I admire my husband Martin Llamedo, his perfection in the technique, his deep concepts.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. Yes, it is lonely but because I am introverted, it is not something that bothers me. Also, as I work in the same studio (separate rooms) that my husband, definitely I am not so alone, we share our breaks with a coffee in the middle and small talks about the progress of our works.
Q. Apart from art, what do you love doing?
A. I like going to the movies or theater. I enjoy meetings with other artists' friends so we can share experiences that I feel very enriching.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. From the moment that I have seriously focused on art, it is the reason of my life, if I cannot create, I cannot paint, I cannot be full. If I could not devote myself to what I am passionate about, life would lose meaning.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. Success for me lies in being happy with what you are, with what you have, with the life you are building every day, and having a passion that, in turn, makes sense of your life. Being surrounded by the beings that love you and love you is the greatest success.
As regards to art, success would be to be recognized in the field of art, to be able to enter a recognized gallery or belong to a renowned collection.
Q. What are the biggest things you've learned in life thus far?
A. Being perseverant of what one does, doing the utmost to achieve the goals that one sets. Being grateful for what one has, with what one builds day by day. Be empathetic and generous with others.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and by who?
A. From my grandmother who constantly told me that you have to try your best and work hard for what you want in life. And never forget to be grateful.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. Try to enjoy every moment humanly, less virtual contact, more human contact. Not lose the ability to listen and empathize. Try to find a passion that defines them as beings and fight for dreams tirelessly.