Vibrant oil and encaustic wax paintings by Philadelphia Artist


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Artist Biography


Artist Biography

A Philadelphia artist who creates vibrant oil and encaustic wax paintings that express the joy found in finding the divine in everyday life.


Monique Sarkessian earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1987. In continuing studies she has studied 18th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. She has also taken workshops with internationally recognized painters Stanley Bielen, Dale O. Roberts, Jeff Schaller, A. Martin Campos, Jon Redmond and Moe Brooker.


Monique Sarkessian earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In continuing studies she has studied 18th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. She has also taken workshops with internationally recognized painters Stanley Bielen, Dale O. Roberts, Jeff Schaller, Jon Redmond, A. Martin Campos, Moe Brooker and Mashiul Chowdry.


Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country including 2 museums. One of her most recent exhibitions was a solo exhibition at Villanova University Art Gallery, which was widely acclaimed.


Some of her recent awards include second place for painting out of 84 painters in the inaugural Plein Air Brandywine Valley Art Competition, 3rd place in Plein Air Brandywine Valley 3, Quick Draw competition winner in Bucks County Plein Air 2017 as well as awards by Artist’s Equity, juried shows at Harcum College, Montgomery County Community College, Longwood Gardens Plein Air competition, Main Line Art Center and Chester County Art Association.


Her work is featured in Art Up Close shown at Art Basel, Miami, Art Expo NY, Spectrum Miami, Architectural Digest fairs and in publications Art in America Guide 2016 and Art Up Close World Edition 2015-17.



Artist Statement

By the Artist about her work:

Monique Sarkessian Artist Statement


My earliest memory at four years old was of wanting to be a painter. I did not have a family or school background to support this but I loved to make things. Looking back after so many years, that memory keeps me grounded and focused as I continue the upward endurance struggle of an artist’s life. The reason I paint and sculpt is to preserve those moments in the present that will be lost as that moment becomes the past.


My work has an expressive nature shown via vibrant color, bold brush stroke, and gestural lines which seek to recreate the emotion I feel as I am inspired by my subjects. I’m after the essence, essential elements that are not the top layer of what we see as in a photographic reproduction but what really makes the subject endure creating a lasting connection with the viewer.


I am a prolific worker devoted to my full time art career and continued artistic growth. I create in oils, encaustic wax and icons using traditional egg tempera as well as a new love of welded salvage sculpture. I work mainly in oils and encaustic wax as they are best suited to my artistic temperament with the buttery quality, vibrant color and wonderful texture ranges.


I paint because I am overwhelmed by beauty and the miracle of nature. 

I paint to explore deeper emotional experiences that require perception. I make works that bring a sense of belonging and joy which lead people to a higher purpose and a world above this life even when the subject is a still life, landscape or French desserts.


I often work en plein air so I can best experience the euphoric color that I find. When outdoor painting is not optimal, I am in my studio painting with molten pots of wax layering and scraping repeatedly. Painting opens new worlds to me constantly and I get a surge of energy that propels me to depict for my viewers that exact moment of discovery.  I have an urgency to translate those awestruck moments that must be observed immediately or be lost to us all forever. This process informs my dreamlike studio works, too. I weave together symbols of nature and human forms here too to create dream landscapes that describe universal truths of human experience.  Stars combine with oceans, which flow into heavenly figures and flowers. I dip my brushes into my Armenian ancestry and like an ancient carpet, bring in that love of color, pattern, and complexity. The innate connection with nature and the divine truths in creation become intertwined.


I’m nostalgic which translates to: I struggle with mortality, loss and my identity as we all do. The recent death of my daughter was nearly paralyzing for me except for having the daily ability to process and work through very complicated thoughts and emotions through making art. I still need this practice every day to process my thoughts and emotions to restore a grounding wholeness. I fondly refer to this as “taking out my trash”.  


It’s extremely important to me that despite what life challenges we each have, I want to express in human experience there’s so much richness, depth and joy that can be found no matter what the circumstances are. I want this shared experience of joy between us to invoke empathy towards the rest of the world as we see and experience the miracle of life all around us. Many studies have been done which prove that looking at art daily has the power to heal the body, ground your emotions, reduce your stress, increase your longevity significantly and raise your endorphins to the levels of feeling in love. Isn’t this a wonderful list of benefits?


I am so grateful and humbled to make these deeper connections with you. I paint from the center of my soul and I’m honored to be able to share that joy of life through my artworks and to bring peace into your daily world. Thank you so much for your support. I firmly believe that it is the beholder’s participation that makes my artwork complete. I find it profoundly humbling that the deeper connection which happens in art making is so sacred and boundless.



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May  1987         B.F.A., Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Majored in Painting, Minored in Printmaking. Studied painting with Roger Anliker, Frank Bramblett, Richard Cramer, Susan Moore. Printmaking with Romas Viesulas.

Honors: Printed book of work chosen for a one year exhibition by Office of Admissions.

Studied Byzantine Icon Painting with Vladislev Andrejev, 1993

Studied art education and received private school teaching certification for Art, 2003

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership Technology and Arts in Education Conference, January 2004.

Continuing: Workshops with Stanley Bielen, Moe Brooker, Jon Redmond, Dale O. Roberts, Jeff Schaller, A. Martin Campos, Mashiul Chowdry




Architeqt 2 Salon and Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 2017-2018

Gallery 222, Malvern, PA. 2017

Congregation Beth Or Gallery, Maple Glen, PA. 2017

“Sacred Space”, Swarthmore Town Hall, Swarthmore, PA 2017

“Garden of Miracles, Villanova University Art Gallery, Villanova, PA 2016

Solo Exhibition, Sunset Hill Gallery, West Chester, PA. 2015.

Gryphon Café, Phila., PA 2015, 2016

Gallery at Congregation Kol Ami, Elkins Park, PA 2013-14

Galer Estate Winery, Kennett Square, PA 2013

Z Gallery, West Chester, PA 2013-14

The Great Frame Up, Wayne, PA 2013-2016

“There Is A Kingdom”, Blank Canvas Gallery, New Hope, PA 2013

Balance Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2013

“Essential Alliances”, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, PA 2013

Square One, Lancaster, PA 2012

“Light and Truth”, Swarthmore Borough Hall, Swarthmore, PA 2012





“Il Tesoro”, Acquapendente, Italy. 2018

Firebox Art Studios, Carnegie, PA, 2018

“Un Seul Gran De Riz”, Galerie Metanoia, Paris, France. 2017-18

“Tuscany in the Frame” Cortona, Italy. 2017.

Square Foot Art Basel”, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL.2015-16

Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA 2016-present

“Visionary, “Springtime in January”, Salus University, 2016, 2017,

“Scenes of The Schuylkill”, Juried by Art Director Berman Museum, Gallery at MCCC, Pottstown, PA.2015, 2016

Bucks County Plein Air Competition, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA 2016

Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 2016, 2018.

Chadds Ford Paint Out Plein Air Competition, Chadds Ford, PA 2016

“100 Years of Art”, Juried Exhibit, Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA.2015

“Art of the State, State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA.2015

“Ellarslie Open” Juried Exhibit, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ. 2015.

Paint Annapolis, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD 2015

Leonard Nelson Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA. 2015-Present.

6:” Squared, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA. 2014.2015

Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. 2015, 2016

Digital portfolio shown at Art Basel, FL. Art Expo NY 2014, 2015, 2016

Chadds Ford Gallery Invitational, Chadds Ford, PA. 2014-2016

Historic Yellow Springs Art Show, Chester Springs, PA   2014-Present

Chester County Art Association Invitational, West Chester, PA   2013-15

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Art of the Flower, Philadelphia, PA, 2015, 2016

“Surface”, a juried exhibit, Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA    2014

JAM Gallery, Malvern, PA 2013-2017

Plein Air Brandywine Art Competition, Winterthur Gardens and Museum, Wilmington, DE 2011-2016

Treasures of Armenia, International House Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA, 2013

“There Is A Kingdom”, Blank Canvas Gallery, New Hope, 2013-15

Plein Air National Juried Exhibit, Liz Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 2013

“Essential Alliances”, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, Ongoing, 2013-present

“Philadelphia Sketch Club 138th,Annual Juried Small Oils Show” Philadelphia, PA, 2013-15

Artist’s Equity Juried Exhibit, Artist's Equity at Widener University Juried Show 2013

Artists against Hunger, Juried by Moe Brooker 2013

“Plein Air for Camphill”, the Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 2012

Annual Juried Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.  2013

Parallax Art Fair, New York, NY, 2012.

Viewpoint Gallery, Lederach, PA.  2008-2009

“Armenian Allied Arts Association Annual Competition," Los Angeles, CA. 1991-1989

"Art at the Armory," Philadelphia, PA. 1990



Paris Place de la Concorde, Pink Vintage Heels, Montmartre Couple, Montmartre Roofs, Wishing Private Collector, Ardmore, PA. 2016

Fons Et Origo 17, Joyride 10, Longwood Path of Life 6, Your Gentleness Has Made Me Great 2, Swarthmore, PA.2015

Glory, Norman OK, 2015

Sunbathed I and II, FL, 2015

Provence Farmhouse v.4 and wine label image, Windy Oaks Winery, Cupertino, CA, 2015.

Inspiration: Refuge, New York, NY, 2014

In Vino Veritas, Courtland, NY, 2014

Cool Springs Farm, Golden Tree In Lorimer, Until The Shadows Flee Away, Wings of The Morning, Galer Winery, Minah Bird, Havertown, PA, 2014

Angel Of Hope, New York, NY.2013.

Provence Lavender I, Cape May, NJ.2013

Chanticleer Poppies and Allium, New Hope, PA.2013

Late Afternoon Purple Smoke, Purple Smoke Towers, Not Ashamed, Wayne, PA.,2013

Lavender Fields Milton, Where Your Glory Dwells 7,Dean St, Malvern, PA., 2012

Golden Fire Cut Leaf Maple in Autumn, Where Your Glory Dwells 45, Double Waterlily, West Chester, PA, 2012

Archangel Michael Icon, Annunciation Angel, St. Gabriel Icon, Saint Joan of Arc Icon, St. Ambrose Icon, Spike Ricciutti, Toast of the Hamptons, Villanova, PA. 2013

Grace, Château Bourlier de la Pressoir, Chanticleer Water Bowl, Malvern, PA. 2012.

Giverny, Paris Pont Neuf Bridge, Water Lily mini I Oil on Canvas, Skippack, PA, 2011

Golden Fire Cut Leaf Maple, Lewes, DE, 2011

Poppy Platforms, Ruby Platforms, Ocean Grove, NJ, 2011

French Chateau Bourlie de la Pressoir, Grace, Waterlily 4”. Malvern, PA. 2011.

Annunciation Armenian Illuminated Manuscript, Where Your Glory Dwells XX, Grey Mammoth Stripe Sunflower (Audra), Lu Nestled, Phila, PA. 2013

Inspiration: Sea Cucumber, Purple Smoke Tree,Hoc Age., VA. 2008




Two altar paintings for the Sisters Chapel in Rome, Italy, 2001

St.Hripsime. St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, Philadelphia, PA. 1992




Second Prize, Paint Out, Bucks County Plein Air, 2017

Fleisher Art Memorial, Juror’s Honor Award, 2017

“Color Obsession”,Excellence Award, Chester County Art Association, 2017 2017“Scenes Of The Schuylkill”, Juror’s Selection Award,Juried by Charles Steinback, Art Director Berman Museum, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA.2015

“100 Years of Art”, Juried Exhibit, Third Prize, Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA.2015

Contemplating the Tree, Honorable Mention, Chester County Art Association, 2015

Painting In the Meadow, Plein Air Competition at Longwood Gardens, Merit Award 2014

Main Line Art Center, Member’s Juried, Exhibit, Wayne Arts Award, 2013

Plein Air Brandywine Art Competition –Third Prize for Painting, Wilmington, DE, 2013

Art Spirits- A Juried Exhibit,-Honorable Mention, Burlington, NJ. 2012

Water- A Juried Exhibition-Honorable Mention Best Color-CCAA, West Chester, PA., 2012

Plein Air Brandywine Art Competition –Second Prize for Painting, Wilmington, DE, 2011

Armenian Allied Arts Association Annual Competition Los Angeles, CA.-Honorable Mention, Painting Category 1990, 1st prize Painting Category, 1989



Up CLOSE: A Survey of Contemporary Art - World Edition 2015, 2016, 2017   

Art in America Guide 2016



Stray, 2014

Something Borrowed, Something Blue 1988


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