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Tereza Mirzoyan (1922 - 2016) - 100 retrospective exhibition the Cafesjian Center for the Arts

Painting, Sculpture & various Arts
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Tereza Gaikovna Mirzoyan (arm. Թերեզա Միրզոյան, 11 August 1922, Kirovokan – 7 August 2016, Yerevan ) is an Armenian Soviet sculptor.[1]Member of the Artists' Union of the USSR,[2]Honored Artist of the Armenian SSR (1967), Honored Artist of the Armenian SSR (1986), teacher, professor.[3]

Tereza Gaikovna Mirzoyan
Born 11 August 1922
Died 7 August 2016 (aged 93)
Nationality Armenian


Life and Work

Mirzoyan was born on 11 August 1922 in Kirovokan.[4] In 1946, she graduated Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1949, Mirzoyan was a Member of the Union of Artists of the Armenian SSR. Since 1950, she was an active participant in exhibitions of the Union of Artists of Armenia. She has repeatedly exhibited her works abroad.

Sculpture "Loves me, loves me not", Yerevan

Mirzoyan is an author of numerous sculptures and monumental works both in Armenia and abroad. When creating sculptural works, she worked with various materials, including marble, bronze, tuff, porcelain, wood, basalt, etc.

She was awarded with numerous awards, medals, certificates of honor and prizes from the USSR, the Armenian SSR, Armenia and foreign countries. Tereza Mirzoyan died on 7 August 2016 at the age of 94.[3]

Pedagogical career

Mirzoyan has devoted more than 55 years to teaching at the Art Institute (now the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts). Over the years, Mirzoyan contributed to the artistic, professional and moral education of many generations of Armenian sculptors. Among her students are world-famous sculptors and professional teachers. Mirzoyan was a teacher of Armenian sculptor Zaven Koshtoyan.[citation needed]


  • Bronze sculpture of the Armenian singer of songs and dances of the peoples of the world A. Baghdasaryan (National Gallery of Armenia, 1951)
  • Bust of the Hero of the Soviet Union U. Avetisyan (Yerevan, 1956)
  • Bronze bust of the Armenian healer of the XII century Mkhitar Heratsi (Yerevan)
  • Sculpture "Loves me, loves me not" (Yerevan)


  • Honored Artist of the Armenian SSR (1967)
  • Honored Art Worker of the Armenian SSR (1986)
  • Medal "For Labor Merit" (1956)


  1. ^ "Sculpture - Armenian - Collection - National Gallery of Armenia". Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  2. ^ "TEREZA MIRZOYAN & GARIK DAVTYAN". 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  3. ^ a b "Famous sculptor Theresa Mirzoyan dies". Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  4. ^ "Teresa Gaykovna Mirzoyan - Biography, Interesting Facts, Famous Artworks". Artchive. Retrieved 2020-11-04.

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Tereza Mirzoyan was one of the significant artists who had an enormous input in the Armenian sculpture of the 20th century;

Not only she left a rich artistic heritage, but also, had a priceless impact on the development of Armenian sculpture, being one of the first lecturers at the Fine Arts Academy of Armenia and working there for nearly sixty years.

The Cafesjian Center for the Arts (CCA) presents a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the centenary of the artist. Summing up Tereza Mirzoyan’s oeuvre, the show gives an opportunity to reveal the wide range of layers in her aesthetical approach, artistic language, varied techniques and media, as well as themes.

She was one of the few female sculptors in Armenia in the 20th century, which makes it even more actual today to present and reveal her work. Moreover, she was one of the few female artists in the whole Soviet Union to work in monumental sculpture. Even though it sounds outdated in the 21st century, it’s a fact that male artists have always dominated especially in the field of sculpture, which has its objective and subjective reasons. From this perspective, bringing a female sculptor to the fore becomes a priority.

With Tereza Mirzoyan 100 retrospective exhibition the Cafesjian Center for the Arts continues to fulfill its mission of presenting the best of Armenian culture to the world. In this sense, it is remarkable that this is the first solo exhibition at the Center featuring a female artist. Starting with this show CCA will continue to reveal female artists left on the margins of art history.


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