“To create a visual sensation, there must be a strong connection between one’s mind, hands and eyes.”
Karo, a precise, meticulous and organized artist, born in Yerevan, Armenia, attributes the birth of his appreciation and passion for art to his formative years. As an engineer, his mother instilled the importance of organization and precision, and as an architect, his
father shared his enthusiasm for art, color and vision.
Karo’s family moved to the United States when he was very young, and his creative nature and ability were further nurtured by many years of private art lessons, while he experimented with different mediums. After high school, Karo attended the reputable architecture program of Cal Poly Pomona, where he further fell in love with both the simplicity and complexity of art and design. He studied abroad in Florence, Italy. “For years, I’d studied the relevance of these buildings, and there I was, breathing the same air as their creators.”
Since then, Karo has been inspired by his extensive travels throughout the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. His grandfather ignited his passion for travel by taking him everywhere he went and teaching him how to explore and experience the world with open eyes and a curious mind. These lessons prepared him for the person who would have a profound influence on his vision as an adult. Yuroz, a renowned artist who has painted for many dignitaries in various countries, took Karo under his wing and gave him the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a prolific artist. He accompanied Yuroz to meet the President of Guatemala and Pope Benedict in Vatican City. Yuroz’s core values of love, passion and creation depicted in his figurative and cubist paintings have left a strong impact on Karo as an artist.
The most important source of influence for Karo is the majestic power of nature, helping him build the structures, using balance and color while imagining the story he wants to tell. “Art has the capacity to break the rigidity of daily life.” To Karo, the traditional grid represents the rigid structure of life. He breaks the grid into an abstract form to create flexibility; some of his pieces are centered on the purity of the naked grid, whereas other creations are simply supported by the invisible grid in the background. He incorporates dynamic fused glass, that he personally designs and cuts, into many of his creations to present a parallel to life’s ups and downs, both the light and the dark experiences that shape our lives.
Through his designs, Karo hopes to intrigue the viewer as the grid elicits a feeling of orderliness and the seemingly floating glass induces a sense of lightness.