Robert Barsamian is an artist of Armenian heritage. His professional art career extends
from 1969 to the present. He has exhibited his work in many venues (galleries, museums,
universities, colleges and alternative exhibition spaces) throughout the world. Barsamian
conceptualizes his work based on personal experience. This has led him through several
periods of growth in his imagery. The earliest work, which consisted of a surreal
content, examined his early family life. Upon his arrival in Dallas, Tex., he began
a series of paintings dealing with an early childhood visualization of swimmers underwater.
In 1990, he personally experienced a violent act against him and was shot during a robbery. During his recovery period, he recalled the stories told to him by his grandmother of her survival from the Armenian Genocide. At that time, he struggled with the concept of how to depict such atrocities. Deciding upon the use of a new venue called art installations, he was able to convey the feeling of the inhumane acts practiced by man on man. Before the 1960s, many Armenians didn’t speak of their experiences from 1915 to 1921, which consisted of violence, deportation, and forced labor inflicted upon them by the Ottoman government. It was during the 1990s that Barsamian began expressing the injustices of the Armenian Genocide with his multimedia installations.
In this period from 1990 to 2010, Barsamian created installations involving the journey of survival that his mother, her mother, father and great grandmother endured on their escape to America. Each piece uniquely conveys a memory depicting what resulted from the atrocities enacted upon these innocent victims of Genocide.
Since 2005, Barsamian has created a body of paintings which consist of three periods. The first titled Absence/Presence, the second Reality/Dreams and the third Three Degrees of Separation. The focus of these paintings deals with our acceptance of man's inhumane practices upon man in juxtaposition to nature's accepted behavior of survival within nature.