Vahan Amadouni

Vahan P. Amadouni (also known as Prince Vahan Amadouni) was born in Armenia on June 21, 1933. He was educated there before venturing abroad. His drawing ability attracted the attention of an uncle in Pennsylvania, so with his sponsorship he was able to immigrate to the U.S. and enroll in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He studied at the Academy for the next seven years, during which time he won the Thouron Prize for the best composition in 1955. In 1956, he won the William Emlen Cresson Prize. He then participated in a large juried show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and won both a Purchase Award and an Honorable Mention.

After his graduation, he moved to Northern California where he had one man shows, “Discovery III” at the Bolles Gallery, and in 1962 at the M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum in San Francisco.

Returning to Europe, he had an exhibition at the Trastevere Gallery in Rome where a work was purchased by the Gallerie de France in Paris. Again abroad in 1973, his one man show at the Alex Manoogian Art Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon, was both a critical and financial success, selling out on opening night.

Following his return from the Middle East, he won a New York State Change Grant. Shortly after in 1974 he was commissioned to paint and decorate the main alter of Our Lady of Pompei Church in N.Y.C. In 1979 he devoted his time to a private sponsor, continuing preparations for a One Man Show, which was presented at the Gregg Juarez Gallery (Los Angeles) in the summer of 1983.

Vahan Amadouni died on June 28, 1998 in Los Angeles, California.