Biography

Isabelle Arpagian is a Franco-German artist, a recognized and recurring medalist in France and Germany, and has exhibited worldwide.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1972, Arpagian spent her childhood in South East Asia embrassing different cultures. Her father Mr Maurice BIGOiN, created in 1977 the Franco / Indian Chamber of Commerce in New Dehli, India. This fondumental education gave her the roots of languages and of a cultural exchange.
Returning to Europe she continued her studies at the School of Decorative Arts in Vienna, Austria, and in several specialized workshops in Paris. In 2011 she participated in the world – renown competition " Best craftsperson and artist of France ."
She continues travelling the world creating unique artworks for historical castles, private homes and art collectors.

Among her achievements of monumental works, Arpagian created and painted an entire chapel in France. She also completed a version of « The Four Seasons, » for a private castle in Germany. This installation was based on the boudoir of Marie Antoinette at Fontainebleau, and included over 25 painted panels. Using palladium leaves in the interpretation, Arpagian employed historical techniques and pigments of the 18th century. This installation was acknowledged by the French Minister of Culture in 2010, and in the same year the collection of panels was exhibited at the Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin where the collection was well received by critics and the press.

In 2013 Arpagian was commissioned by a private art collector to design and paint an entire villa. In the dining room of this villa are original Tiffany stained-glass windows and Arpagian was asked to paint a mural to complement the windows. The hand-painted mural is a tribute to one of the great American artists.

Her art works art can also be seen in the houses for luxury watchmakers and jewelers : « WEMPE » ( Paris, New York and Beijing) or " Elysées Horlogerie " on the Champs Elysées in Paris.

Arpagian sells at auctions in Paris and New York exhibting with Victor and Rolf, Rachid Khimoun, Doris Kloster , Luc Ferry and Valérie Lemercier .

The Metropolitaine Private Club of New York, invited Isabelle ARPAGIAN to exhibite and auction her golden eggs "Empress " painted on pure 24 Carat Gold .

The house Faberge , creator of the Faberge eggs and luxury jeweler, will exhibite and sell Isabelle ARPAGIAN a unique golden painted egg among other celebreties Ralph Lauren, Tom Hilfinger, Zahid Hadid and his H. Prince Charles and many more for the « The Big Egg Hunt » in New York, 2014.

EDUCATION

  • 2008 : Florence, Italie « Florence Academy of Fine Art »
  • 2007 : Paris , Atelier Claude Yvel
  • 1996-1999 : Paris, „ Institut Supérieur de Peinture Décorative“
  • 1994-1995 : Vienne, Autriche “ Hochschule für Angewandte Künste.“

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Musact Festival, OMAN 2014
  • Metropolitan Private Club, New York 2013
  • Elysées Horlogerie, Maison de joaillerie et Horlogerie Paris 2013
  • Château Drouilles, Haute Vienne 2013
  • Château de la Gabie, Haute Vienne 2013
  • Chapelle Privé , Haute Vienne, 2013
  • WEMPE , Maison de joaillerie et Horlogerie Pékin, Chine 2012
  • Azur, ZhuHai - Macao, Chine
  • Château de Verteuil , Charente 2011
  • Château de Félix Gaillard, Charente 2009
  • Château de La Rochandry, Charente 2009

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • " The Big Egg Hunt " Fabergé, New York 2014
  • " She Views Herself " AIR FRANCE , Paris, 2013
  • " L’Œuf dans tous ses états " Drouot vente aux enchères, Paris 2013
  • Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Allemagne 2011
  • Carrousel du Louvre, Louvre Museum, Paris 2010
  • Cercle d’Automobile Club, Place de la Concorde, Paris 2008
  • Couvent des Cordeliers, Saint-Emilion 2008

MEDALS

  • Médaille d’or Leipzig, Allemagne 2008
  • " Un des meilleurs Ouvriers de France ", Paris 2011

AUCTION SALES

  • « GALA French Heritage » METROPOLITAINE PRIVATE CLUB, New York 2013
  • « L’œuf dans touts ses états » DROUOT, Paris 2013

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2013 BLACKTIE MAGAZINE New York
  • 2013 GAZETTE DROUOT CATALOGUE et VENTE AUX ENCHERES
  • 2013 STYLETTO « COUP DE CŒUR »
  • 2013 LUXURY CULTURE
  • 2013 Figaroscope