Artist Profiles

Artist Profile: Chant Avedissian

Rawaa Talass
18 July 2023

Five years ago, one of Egypt's experimental artists, Chant Avedissian, passed away at the age of 66. His colorful imagery is instantly recognizable for regional art enthusiasts. Avedissian, who was born in 1950s Cairo to a displaced Armenian family, populated his stenciled works with the best and brightest of Egypt's film and music stars of the 20th century. Politicians, activists, athletes, and workers made an appearance too. In a way, his oeuvre represents a portrait of a nation, perhaps a celebration of sorts.