Makhokhyan Vardan (31.5.1869, Trabzon-11.2.1937, Nice (France)) Armenian marine artist. In 1894 he graduated from Berlin Academy of Fine Arts, after which he  improved his professional skills  in the studio of Aivazovsky (1894).

Vardan Makhokhyan - Landscape. National Gallery of Armenia.In 1885 he moved to Batumi from Trabzon, then in 1900 Makhokhyan moved to Berlin, where he became the member of Artist Union of Berlin (1904) and took part in various exhibitions. In 1908-1911 he lived in Trabzon, then in 1911 he moved to Germany and London in 1914. After World War I lived in Nice (1914-1918). 

Vardan Makhokhyan painted landscapes and seascapes (“The Monastery in Trabzon”, “Storm in Sevastopol”, “Wrath of the Sea at Twilight”, “Shores of Bretagne”, “A Wave”, “Shores of Denmark”, “Russian Steppes”, etc). These paintings are distinguished with soft colour combinations, and deep sense of reality and materiality. In his landscapes Vardan Makhokhyan depicted the tragic events of theVardan Makhokhyan- Shores of Capri. National Gallery of Armenia. history of the Armenian people. After Ivan (Hovhannes) Aivazovsky Makhokhyan is the most eminent marine artist in the Armenian new fine art.  He had personal exhibitions in Cairo (1902, 1904), Alexandrapol (1904), Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin (1907), London (1914), Nice (1918, 1932, 1936), Marseille (1923), Paris (1925). Makhokhyan’s paintings are exhibited in the National Gallery of Armenia, Pontifical Residence Museum of St. Echmiadzin, Museum of Fine Arts of Nice,  as well as in the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum, in the museum of Mechitarist Congregation (Venice) and in private collections. In 1925 Makhokhyan was awarded  National Order of the Legion of Honour. 

Source- “Who is Who. The Armenians” encyclopedia, volume II, chief-editor Hovh. Ayvazyan, Yerevan, 2007.

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