Mark ARIAN ✿

Mark Arian is an American Realist Painter. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1947 and received formal training in painting and sculpture at the Frudakis Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, the Barnstone Studios in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a private art academy in Florence, Italy, and the La Jolla Atheneum, and Watts Atelier in San Diego, California.
After his teenage years in America’s Midwest, Arian entered a monastery in California in search of spiritual enlightenment, where he devoted the next 18 years of his life to the service of the order as a monk.
There, his early morning meditations were followed by ten to twelve hours of creating drawings, paintings, and murals for the monastery. In addition, he was sent to some of the leading art schools of the day to study.
This monastic life allowed him to both refine his technical skills and open his heart and mind to the spiritual beauty of the world around him. Arian’s purpose is to utilize the technical mastery of drawing and painting to express the joy and beauty permeating the physical world.
Museums, corporations, celebrities such as George Harrison and Michael Jackson, former monarchs the Prince of Saudi Arabia and the Princess of Iran, as well as some of the most prominent art collectors in the USA and China have acquired Arian’s paintings.
His work benefits from worldwide recognition. It has been presented in prestigious art fairs and continues to find placement in important collections.
Arian’s work has been displayed in the Australian Museum in Sydney, Australia, the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, USA, and The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California, USA.

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