Masha Keryan Armenian-American, b. 1995
Belonging to a new generation of figurative painters, Boston based artist Masha Keryan has become most recognized for her works that, minimal in color and often large scale, explore internal psychologies through classical postures and the relationships between subjects.
For her first exhibition at the gallery, Keryan will be showing vivid anthropomorphic depictions that abstractly reflect upon desire and the human condition, alongside paintings drawn from her past experiences living in the USA, Armenia and Russia. These multifaceted works expand upon her stylistic evolution while thematically remaining similar through her ongoing analysis of humanity. Throughout her early works, Keryan often painted small-scale compositions that expressed a sense of intimacy through the relationships of colors. Since then, she has experimented with different materials and styles including classical portraiture, landscapes, still lives, abstraction, expressionism, minimalism, and conceptual art. She now prefers to deviate from the traditional style of oil painting and instead strives to manipulate thick, gestural layers into every crevasse of her figurative compositions. The abstracted figures within her works remain anonymous, as they are characters of her visual language, gathered to pass on certain ideas or emotions. Keryan states that she strives to create these androgynous beings with varying personas in an attempt to answer her idealistic question of what it means to be human.
Masha Keryan received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA in 2016. During her adolescent years, Keryan received academic art training while living in Post-Soviet Armenia (Yerevan) and continued to foster her love of painting by studying under various native artists. Throughout her apprenticeship, she learned the styles of classical drawing, watercolor and portraiture. This experience would soon come to shape her artistic style, instilling in her the strict, fundamental traditions of art.
Work by the artist has been recently featured in the virtual exhibition Whether We Like It, on Arloopa (2021), Alone Together, at Flowering Rock Gallery (2020), Shimmer, at Boston Center for the Arts (2020), Areacode Art Fair, Boston, MA (2020). Past large-scale projects include work commissioned by Dirty Water Dough in Boston, MA and by WeWork for their 31 St James Ave office.