Vibrant oil and encaustic wax paintings by Philadelphia Artist


The Artist


Artist Biography

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

Monique Kendikian-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 and Moe Brooker.

Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country including 2 museums:

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 2013 as well as awards by Artist’s Equity, juried shows at Harcum College, Montgomery County Community College, Main Line Art Center and Chester County Art Association.

By the Artist on her work: “My mission on earth is to use the artistic gifts given to me to translate the joy of creation to my viewers. In my paintings I seek to express the truth and beauty of inspired design.”

Artist Statement

By the Artist about her work:

My work has an expressive nature shown via vibrant color, bold brush stroke, and expressive lines which seek to recreate the emotion I feel as I am inspired by my subjects.

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. I am in love with color so the expressive nature and unbeatable vibrant color of these mediums happily do my bidding. I am a prolific worker devoted to my full time art career and continued artistic growth.

I paint because I am overwhelmed by beauty and the miracle of nature.  These encounters move me to see life with a brand new sense of joy and wonder. I paint to express the truth of inspired design. When I paint natural subjects in person, that truth is undeniable. The lush beauty of nature sends us on a jourmey every time we experience it This is an encounter with the divine.

I often I work en plein air so I can best translate the euphoric color that I find. I battle sun, rain, wind, heat, cold, insects and no safe parking to get the best vision for my patrons. When outdoor painting is not optimal, I am in my studio working with molten pots of wax layering and scraping repeatedly. When I paint new worlds get opened to me constantly and I get a surge of energy that propels me to depict for my viewers that moment of discovery.

I have an urgency to translate those awestruck moments that must be studied immediately or be lost to us all forever.

This process informs my dreamlike studio works, too.  Here I weave together symbols to create dream landscapes.  Stars combine with oceans, which flow into heavenly figures and flowers. I dip my brushes into my Armenian ancestry and bring that love of color, pattern, and complexity. The innate connection with nature and the Divine truths in creation become intertwined.

My recent works have gone farther into my journey to narrow down what is most important to me artistically. As far as content and form, I am pursuing a clarity of vision like never before and engaging my truest senses as best I can. I have been simplifying my painting support formats using squares but so as not to be limited I am adding more and more square panels to the right or left to keep the story going. This also allows patrons to choose which size and shape works best for their homes. The diptychs, triptychs, etc can all be chosen as separate panels or joined together.

My goal is to have my artwork radiate the joy of life. Like Henri Matisse whose works eventually became pure color, pure shape and pure light.

I seek transcendence- filling my viewers with a sense of wonder and enlightenment every time they see my works. My clients tell me that my artworks breathe life and joy into their lives.

This is my mission, to help people to elevate their standard of living by adding value to their homes and businesses with beautiful, unique and vibrant works of quality original art.


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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




“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




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

Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA 2016-17

“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

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-present

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




“Color Obsession”,Excellence Award, Chester County Art Association, 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              

Art in America Guide 2016



Stray, 2014

Something Borrowed, Something Blue 1988

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