By Hasmik Manukyan

As the daughter of renowned painter Tigran Matulyan, art has always been present in Margarita Matulyan’s life. It wasn’t until Margarita started school at Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, however, that she actually decided to pursue art as her own career. By her second year, she had fallen in love with sculpture.

Margarita, who was born in 1985, was a fourth-year student when her first personal exhibition – a collection of bronze sculptures – opened in 2006. She then went on to show her work in a variety of group exhibitions.

“My mind is always busy with my work,” Margarita said. “I chose different materials for my sculptures — bronze, copper, even paper.” The idea of making sculptures from paper arose unexpectedly for her. She used to make models out of it before starting her future sculptures, since paper allows for many modifications and improvisations. She ended up liking the paper sculptures so much that she decided to exhibit them, too.

In 2010, Margarita’s sculpture “Prince and Princess” won the second prize in the exhibition contest dedicated to St. Sargis church holiday. Margarita has also gained some notoriety abroad. Guests from different countries have purchased many of her works.

In summer of 2010, she was invited to Karabagh to participate in an open-air exhibition dedicated to Nagorno Karabagh’s Independence Day. In this exhibition she showed many of her works and received an acknowledgement certificate by Karabagh’s Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs Narine Aghabalyan. In December 2011 Margarita was admitted to the Artists’ Union of Armenia. She has also lectured on professional painting, modeling and art history at the French-Armenian Vocational School in Yerevan.

“I love the work I do,” confessed Margarita. “I could not make sculptures without the passion I have for it. This is a particularly difficult profession for women and its quite physically demanding.”

Her hope for Armenian art is to see new, more technically equipped exhibition galleries, which allow for more interesting and modern displays.

“The inspiration I have for each work does not necessarily come from any profound source. It may be a very interesting person, a face I see while walking in the street, a dog or a bird that crosses my path, anything,” she said. Sometimes she ponders a new idea for days before deciding to bring it to life. “Each one of my works is dear to me. I love them all, even if I some love more than others. When I start sculpting a new work, I try to isolate myself from the previous works, I don’t want my love for any of the previous ones to disturb or affect the creation of a new work.”

Margarita is full of energy, optimism and love for her country. “I know many active and talented young people who try to bring about change. The new generation is promising; they are more free, independent. Whatever they set their minds to, it can be realized.”

Margarita aims to organize her next exhibition in the spring and plans to show various paper and metal sculptures on different themes. When asked where she gets her drive, her answer was simple. “The source of my creative work is love — in all its expressions.”

Margarita Matulyan with her sculpture “Qaj Nazar”

“Indian Woman” & “Oriental Song”

“Armenian Women”

“Pegas”

“Fish”

Credit: Margarita Matulyan