About Mayis

MayisA powerful theatrical sense and an innate playfulness fill this world of wandering circuses, colorful bazaars, and artists’ lives .

Mayis Mkhitaryan creates elegant court scenes with a Surrealist twist, where, for example, beautifully gowned ladies may carry on their coiffures ribboned hats containing exotic birds and fish.

Mayis was born in 1962 in Tbilisi, Georgia . From fourth grade Mayis began studying in the Palace of Pioneers, Circle Drawing , up to the tenth grade . Four years He studied at the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi, after Mayis went to Saint Petersburg to enter The Russian Academy of Arts named by Ilya Repin , there Secretary of Membership of Union of Artists Mr. Golumov told him, “As an artist, You’ve held, You’ve found your own world and your thinking , the Academy will change your world ” . After Mayis had returned to Tbilisi and continued working .

Since 1983, Mayis’s paintings have been exhibited in a number of exhibitions and art-expos. Many works never exhibited are in private collections in Armenia , Georgia , Russia , the UAE , the United States and a number of European countries .

In 1996 by invitation of  famous art critic Henrik Igityan Mayis with his family moved to Yerevan .

In 1992 Mayis was art director of play ” Called” , the play and Mayis as the Art Director was named winner of the Vardan Ajemyan Prize .

In 2003 Mayis was art director of Play “ 40 days before Ascended ” .


In 2000 Mayis become a member of the Armenian Artists Union .

In 2003 Mayis become a member of the Association of creative individuals at UNESCO .

Four artworks of Mayis are in the World Bank MC Atrium and Preston Auditorium in Washington, D.C. : ” Nazani Dance ” , ” Consolation ” , ” Spring Melody ” , ” The jester ” .

One of Mayis’s artworks especially ” Dreams fairy ” is in Nicola Sarkozy’s`s collection . When Nicola Sarkozy visited to Armenia in 2011 , He get it present from All Armenian Catolicos Karekin II .

Sheikh Sultan III bin Mohammed al-Qasimi who paid for repairing Armenian Church Haxarcin , get present one of Mayis’s artworks ” To Eternity “ from All Armenian Catolicos Karekin II .

It is not surprising to learn that Mayis was art director and that his artworks were featured in Vigen Chaldranyan’s film “ The Silence Symphony ” in 2001 .

Mayis Mkhitaryan himself has been the subject of two documentary films: 1997’s “Mayis Mkhitaryan,” directed by Nora Muradyan, and “My children are Armenian,” made in Canada in 2002 by Hakob Kutsusyan.

Mayis Mkhitaryan himself has been the subject of many TV programs : ” Նվիրյալ Անձեր ” Mayis Mkhitaryan , ” Mayis’s exhibition and seminar in Gevorgian Lycee ” , ” Դարը ” Mayis Mkhitaryan Part 1 , ” Դարը ” Mayis Mkhitaryan Part 2 , Mayis Mkhitaryan and Grigor Movsisyan ” Two Friends” , ” Արարման Խորհուրդ ” Mayis Mkhitaryan , ” Աստված իմ մեջ ” Mayis Mkhitaryan  and etc .

In 2006 was published album of Mayis Mkhitaryan , where the art lovers can learn not only the art of Mayis and what art critics said about his art ,  but also ideas of Mayis about art too .

In 2007 was published a book ” Sayat-Nova ” , It contains the poems of Sayat-Nova and the works of Mayis . In that book art critics compare poems of Sayat-Nova with art of Mayis Mkhitaryan .

In 2012 published the book ” Born of Vahagn or Jesus’s second coming ” which was decorated with Mayis`s work ” Jesus second coming ” .

In 2013 Grigor Movsisyan translate the book of Sadhu Sundar Singh from English to Armenian , the book was decorated by Mayis`s work` ” Transfiguration of Jesus ” .

In 2011 Grigor Movsisyan ,Sacred Mkrtich Proshyan and Mayis Mkhitaryan presented a Curtain with Cherubs ( Kerovbe ) to All Armenian Catolicos Karekin II ( The idea was Grigor Movsisyan’s , in the Bible God told to Movses to create such a Curtain for Church ) . The Curtain is now in the Church of Sn. Mesrop Mashtoc in Oshakan .

Mayis Mkhitaryan is a painter who brings to the ancient Armenian culture a new way of thinking. His paintings are a multifaceted unity of his birthplace, Tbilisi, different ethnicities, everyday life that resembles wandering circuses, Armenian theatre and artisans, colorful baths and bazaars — a culture rich with sun-burnt mountains, bent but still standing temples, priceless rock images, Bronze Age carvings and parchments. In Mkhitaryan’s canvases, all this lies behind a theatrical (and, on many occasions, grotesque) surface. Two seemingly contradictory cultures are in harmony in these paintings. The result is a unique world where man is the main actor, the principal judge, and the prime research target.