Krikor Norikian

Krikor Norikian, a Lebanese artist of Armenian descent, was born in Bourj Hammoud, Beirut, in 1941. He left school at the age of fifteen, after finishing his primary education at Saint Georgiore School of the Jesuit fathers, and in order to support himself and his family, began working as a typesetter at his uncle’s printing press[1]. An avid illustrator, Norikian began attending classes at the Italian Institute of Fine Arts, Bab Idriss, in Beirut in 1959, mentored by Fernando Mannetti and Jean Khalifé. In 1963, Norikian studied drawing and painting at the Gudver Art School for three years and worked there as an assistant instructor. The artist then studied at the Pietro Vanucci Academy in Italy in 1965, where he completed his first engravings. The following year, he organized an exhibition of his engravings at the hall of L’Orient newspaper, upon his return to Beirut[2]. In 1968, Norikian enrolled at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris at the studio of Lucien Coutaud for etching, and that of Legreaux for painting.

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