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Lidya’s biography and artworks was published in several newspapers and magazines as Aztag daily; Armenian Reporter; The Armenian Weekly; The Armenian Mirror-spectator; Tidak; Regards; Zartonk; Al-Nahar; Al-Doualiya; Sayidaty; L’Orient-LE-Jour; Le Reveil; La Revue Du Liban; Monday Morning,; Al-Diar; Society; Regards, 2nd BIENNIAL International Exhibition catalogue; My Art space; Signal and others. Also her biography was featured in the Encyclopedia of Prominent Armenian Women edited by Zori Balayan and was released with the sponsorship of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and with the blessing of Catholicos Garegin II.


1997 - Beirut, Lebanon

Tchakerian….. Between The Human and the City.

Tchakerian….. Between The Human and the City.

-Al-Diar - Review of Lidya Tchakerian’s solo Exhibition by K. M.
Between the fabricated nature, city and the human conditions and expressionism probabilities, reared Lidya Tchakerian from her works of art exhibited in Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA).
This is what the eye records daily, formality images of sizes where details only deeply entrenched in the memory. It helps the mind to return to the reality ground, a city enclosed with columns of electricity and surrounded with tension lines, spider webs. Moreover, hundreds of pegs, antennas, and scorpion trams are planted in the city’s womb and in the womb of the space.
In addition, from that typical city, there is a human being. A human being who is Eternal dweller brings back in his murmurings the humanitarian question of existence. The human being who is far away and yet so close. Human beings who are so close to it that it increases adhesion completely similar to the clothespins standing in the time of hours, which are ever shown from time to time. Two lives in one and two bodies in one body, and the two in permanent conflict and continuous contradiction. The city is a shelter for the human beings and cemetery for humans.
Tchakerian’s style exposes variety of influences witch immerges in the treatment of the human flesh similar to the style of the last period from the Italian Renaissance El Greco. In addition, influences from the metaphor of the Cubism collage, as works of Picasso and Braque.
Another exhibition raises the question of belonging and completes the journey to the search for the concept of existence.


1992 - Paris, France

The War Uprooted 1 & 2 The War Uprooted 3 & 4

Culture and Arts, Exhibit, “38 Lebanese Artists in the French “Le Salon dAutomne” The War Uprooted, Whereas Paris Gathered Them Together”

Al- Doualiya- by Ivana Marshalian
After two major exhibits in France-La Biennale des Antiquaries and La Fiac- The Grand Palace in Champs-Elysees opened for eighty-ninth year the “Autumn Hall” which is the forerunner of contemporary art galleries.
The annual Autumn Hall exhibit in France continues to maintain its distinct artistic character, due to the watchfulness of the artistic administrators to stay away from commercial character that currently applies to most collective exhibits, whether the organizers belonged to French Ministry of Culture or were directly associated with gallery owners and merchants of paintings.
During a short interview from “Al- Doualiya” with the artist Jeanne Mechele Hugues (The president of the gallery and the woman that was chosen to add uniqueness); she mentioned that the art exhibits have an extreme informative importance, which requires a search for great artists that are neglected by the “guided” media.
The real reason lay in exceptional Arab participation this year, through the displayed works of thirty-eight Lebanese artist. These artists had responded to an invitation by the Autumn Hall Committee, which was extended through ALBA (The Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts) and French Cultural Center in Beirut.
The deputy president of the gallery, Pierre Ramel visited Lebanon to approve the final selection. On this occasion, he wrote an emotional literary essay, praising the warm Lebanese hospitality and expressing his feeling of being surrounded by true friendship: “I will not ask you to go to see the Lebanese artists, because you would discover them, be amazed of their works, respect them, and love them…”
During the meeting of “Al- Doualiya” with the young artists-for twelve of presented painters had traveled to Paris- they summarized the overall problems they confront in Lebanon, whether economically or psychologically.
… “Al- Doualiya” chose five female and two male artists for interview: Julie Bufarah, Josline Tannus, Lidya Tchakerian, Samar Maalouf, Rita Jerjos, Yousef Aun, and Joseph Harb.
The following is the interview between “Al- Doualiya” and Lidya Tchakerian
-“Al- Doualiya”: Through your displayed paintings, you have demonstrated that art is one of life’s suicidal choices. How did you made peace between the death caused by the war when you were children and you are choosing the art as an opposite death?
-Lidya: My choice was not suicidal, because it was the platform of salvation to me. It is more an expression of our extreme desire to search for dangers and adventure. We could paint for years, without selling any work. This is the real danger that I referred. Personally, I do not feel that I am lacking anything, even if I stay remote or unnoticed. Because, unlike the majority artists, I do not draw for the sake of fame. What matters to me is that I create something new that did not exist originally.
-“Al- Doualiya”: The war has its negatives and positives. If I asked you to come up with wise word what was the wisdom of war to you?
-Lidya: We used to read about it [war] in books, and one day it penetrated our houses and inner person. It turned the infants into little old people and old ones into moving toys that are ashamed of life, because there were dying children… In short, war made each one of us lose his/her natural human and human stage.
-“Al- Doualiya”: A painting is an expressional territory like the earth; it could increase or decrease. I heard you talking about desperation as one of preconditions of creation. After you have seen works that reflect upon matters, related to civilization and humanity that resulted from growth and not reduction, with what kind painting/territory you leave Beirut today and how do you measure the quantities of joy and sorrow there?
-Lidya: The painting is a translation of human beings feelings, and as such, it transmits desperation and joy. Often, things become mixed up in the artist and the feelings become united and one. Sadness and joy cannot be complete without one another.


1988 - Beirut, Lebanon



On the walls of the Polyvalen Hall of ALBA hang, the creations of the five winners of the promotion of plastic art, resulting from five years of research and in-depth studies. And the works are, oil paintings touching various topics ranging from still life, through the landscape and interior composition to the study of the nude,
First of all, we must report the excellent equal level of works of these young female students who will in the very near future practice art expertly, having bent all these years the academy versatile and difficult years that are composed of Fine Arts, they richly deserve it.
The jury chaired by Dr. Antoine Hobeika, delegate of the Ministry of Education and Fine Arts, also included M. George Haddad, director of the academy, M. Salah Stétié, Nicole Malhamé Harfouche, dean of school of arts plastics. M. Joseph Rabbat, dean of the school of arts decoration MM. Hussein Madi, Joseph Abou Rizk, George Chaanin, Elie Kanaan, Samir Tabet, Joseph Tarrab, Yevetes Achkar, May Menassa, Nohad Salame.
Lidya Tchakerian was awarded the first prize of the promotion.
Facing the fresco, among other compositions, that offered us to see Lidya Tchakerian, an obvious choice for us. We do not only see a work of art but we lived an event.
Lidya Tchakerian has chosen as major theme sculptural painting, the vigorous drawing, powerful gestures, worked with simple tones, outspoken contrasts.
The talent of this young artist is violence, its attitude to be so possessed, because she must paint what she invents first genuinely.
Thereby “The Dance” work inspired by the poet Siamanto describes the dance of the death, where twenty young Armenian girls died during the exodus, on the paths of exile.
A harsh light brightens the colors and the characters Portraits taken separately have subtle connections that unite.
There is especially, coordinator of the unit of this painting shade of blue-green happens when it is gently on white.


2007 - Rhode Island, New York USA

“Listen to Your Heart” at Providence’s Gallery Z.

Lidya Tchakerian’s work “The Sleeping Beauty” is featured in an article written for the “Listen to Your Heart” exhibit at Providence’s Gallery Z.

My Art Space

2006 - New York, USA

Art Space Talk: Lidya Tchakerian

Art Space Talk: Interview with the artist Lidya Tchakerian
Lidya Tchakerian is an Armenian Lebanese artist currently living in the USA. Ms. Tchakerian paintings are very expressive. She captures the essence of our collective anxieties and fears by utilizing her skill of bold brush strokes and color. When I observe her paintings, I think about how her use of paint reveals raw, uninhibited emotion. In my opinion, Ms. Tchakerian displays the concerns that are shared throughout our civilization. The past, present, and the future are mixed together in a chaotic swirl of brush strokes and color.


Arab Family Magazine - 1997, Beirut, Lebanon

“An Exhibit from the City”

Artist Lidya Tchakerian Exhibits at Alba with paintings of unique nature- she portrayed drawing of the city, captured with vibrant colors.
Many art lovers and fans of the artist Lidya Tchakerian visited this two-weeks-long exhibit at the Academy of Fine Arts Beirut.


1997 - Beirut, Lebanon

“Collective Exhibit of “young Talents” at ALBA”

The Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts-ALBA (Sin el-Fil), will exhibit, Friday 21, tomorrow, about fifty paintings and sculptures by “young talents from ALBA.” Around fifteen alumni, grant recipients of “l’ecole Nationale D’Art de Cergy” will present some of their works at ALBA’s exhibit hall.
Lidya Tchakerian displays on a triptych various expressions of human distress.

La Revue Du Liban

1988 - Beirut, Lebanon

A Beautiful Lesson in Altruism

“Award of Eight Scholarships to Fine Arts Students at ALBA”

A Beautiful Lesson in Altruism.
Award of Eight Scholarships to Plastic Arts Students at ALBA.
One gets a little emotional at each visit to ALBA. Emotional because it is the high sanctuary of the arts, and the same time a place where one relives old memories, happy times when we planned for glorious future; it is also a place where one rediscovers the enthusiasm of production and creation.
Today, eight students from 1st and 2nd years will receive scholarships from hands of Mrs. Amal Traboulsi and Mr. Samir Tabet, [former president of the American University in Beirut, consultant to the presidency and talented painter] who has decided with participation of Mrs. Amal Traboulsi, the dynamic owner of “Epreuve D’Artiste” Gallery,
To bestow the proceeds of their exhibits to young university students.
The exhibit hall was entirely dedicated to third and last year of Plastic Arts studies. There we discovered more uniformity on the part of the exhibitors and some names to remember.
Lidya Tchakerian with a canvas representing a group of nudes, in which green dominated, irradiating the bodies. Harmony, coherent shapes, density of rhythms and of exchange.
Following that visit and the ensuing deliberations, Mrs. Amal Traboulsi and Dr. Samir Tabet chose to encourage the following people:
Mireille Logician - 100.000 L.L.
Lidya Tchakerian - 100.000 L.L.
Louna Maalouf - 75.000 L.L.
Amal Dagher - 75.000 L.L.
Randa Nehme-Kerala - 75.000 L.L.


1988 - Beirut, Lebanon

“Samir Tabet’s Grants to Eight Winners”

Dr. Samir Tabet presented grants to eight students from Department of Arts of the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts that were chosen by a jury upon touring the halls where various works from preparatory to the graduating year were on display.
Dr. Samir Tabet had decided a year ago to allocate the proceeds of his paintings as grants to university students to pay for their tuition fees and material. Mrs. Amal Traboulsi, the owner of “Epreuve D’Artiste” Gallery, presented each winner with her prize in the presence of John Gray, the British Ambassador, Antoine Hubeyqa, the representative of the Ministry OF Education, Georgio Greeny, the Director of the Italian Cultural Center, correspondents, and the administrators of ALBA.
From the graduating grade, the jury chose Lidya Tchakerian and Mireille Coguikian for the first prize granting them one hundred thousand Lebanese Pounds for each.

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