Photographer, sculptor, architect and industrial designer ... all of these titles reflect the talents of Avedis Baghsarian.
Avedis, as he is known professionally, was born in Jerusalem in 1933 and immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City area as a young man in 1955. He attended the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design and studied Industrial Design, Architecture and Photography.
His early experience was gained assisting and studying with renowned photographers such as Phillipe Halsman, Ralph Hatersley and Melvin Skolsky. During the ‘60s, when photography was in high demand as an art form and a vehicle for self-expression, Avedis, influenced by the success and enthusiasm of his mentors, followed their footsteps and opened his own photographic studio specializing in fashion and commercial assignments.
Avedis pioneered the medium of applying abstract forms and designs on photographic film using special techniques and won numerous awards for his revolutionary and unique form of art.
After 30 years as a respected and eminent photographer, Avedis found photography no longer challenging and in the early 1990s decided to go back to his original studies and began designing and producing a collection of tabletop accessories. He focused his energies on creating original yet functional designs emphasizing compositions that featured interlocking forms for practical pieces such as vases, candle holders and salt-and-pepper shakers, among other items. In 1994, the collection won the prestigious International Design Magazine Award. Those objects were introduced in New York’s distinguished stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys and 28 leading museum stores, including New York’s Guggenheim, San Francisco MOMA, Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago, the Los Angeles Museum of Arts and San Diego Museum of Arts as well as the International Museum of Jerusalem in Israel and Kobi in Japan.
After designing his two homes in The Hamptons, first in 1980 and later in 1997, Avedis discovered this creative process very enriching and stimulating. Motivated by large-scale forms, he directed his talent toward large-scale sculptures.
Touched by the events of 9/11, Avedis started a collection of miniature New York City skyline hanging sculptures which he titled “Manhattan Skyline As I Remember it” (both with and without the World Trade Center towers) for which Citibank gave Avedis a solo showing on the first anniversary of 9/11. Avedis also participated in the design contest for the 9/11 memorial. In the past 15 years, Avedis worked with polished and natural steel sculptures which capture the essence of the surrounding nature such as Migrating Birds, Spider and Butterfly.
These pieces currently dot the landscape of Eastern Long Island, NY. Currently he is working on three-dimensional photographs of flowers and butterflies. Avedis participated in numerous solo and group shows in New York City and Eastern Long Island.
Avedis resides in New York City with his wife of 45 years, Arsho, a celebrated New York fashion designer who is a Hall of Fame Award recipient for her footwear creations.