Lebanese-American, b.1949 in Beirut to Armenian Genocide survivors. Semi abstract figurative and modern abstract expressionist contemporary painter, Missak Terzian studied at Ecole d’Art Guvder in 1968 and graduated from London College of Printing in 1971.

He held his first major art exhibition in 1984. Since then, the artist has participated in 141 exhibitions worldwide.
His paintings are part of many collections in Europe, United States, the Middle East, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and the Republic of China; namely the Saudi Royal family and prominent Lebanese political personalities.His works are on permanent display at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France and throughout Lebanon, at the Dalloul Art Foundation DAF, the bank Audi head office, the Armenian catholicossate of Cilicia museum, Haigazian university, the Sursock museum, the museum of Bzommar, the Banque du Liban head office and the Bank of Sharjah head office.
With an innate and primal impulse to create, figurative artist Missak Terzian is in timeless search for existentialism and is eager to record time and occurrences. “For me, painting is a visual testament of the mind, body and spirit. Distortion and exaggeration triggers a continuous search into an unknown semi-abstraction ” Missak Explains.

Artistic Education

1969 Graduated from Guvder Art School, Beirut, Lebanon

1971 Graduated from London College of Printing, London, United Kingdom


1967 1st. Prize of Jury Paul Guiragossian, U.J.A.C.,  Bourj Hamoud, Lebanon

1996 2nd. Prize at the 2nd Egyptian Print Biennale, Cairo, Egypt


1989 Member of Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

1997 Member the Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon

2007 Member of the Contemporary Art Network, New York, U.S.A.

2008 Member the Lebanese Artists Association, Beirut, Lebanon

2013 Artblend, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

2013 Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York, U.S.A.

Gallery Representation

1987-1999 Galerie Epreuve d’Artiste, Beirut, Lebanon

1992-1993 Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

2007 Stephanie’s Art Gallery, La Canada Flintridge, California, U.S.A

2009-2010 Noah’s Ark Gallery, Zalka, Lebanon

2009-present Alwane Gallery, Saifi Village, Beirut, Lebanon

2009-2011 Arts & Beyond, Sodeco Square, Beirut, Lebanon

2010- Present, Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery, Bourj Hamoud, Lebanon

2011- Present, Galerie Matignon, Horch Tabet, Lebanon

2013-Present Artblend, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

2013- Present, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York, U.S.A.

2019- Galerie Cheriff Tabet, Beirut D, Shell Sea Side Road, Beirut, Lebanon

Works on Display

– Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.

– Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery, Bourj Hamoud, Lebanon

– Galerie Matignon, Horch Tabet, Lebanon

– Artblend, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft.Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

– Alwane Gallery, Saifi Village, Beirut, Lebanon

– Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York, U.S.A.

Artist’s Statement: Timeless Dream

As time controls us, I experience timelessness through my paintings. Deep in my creative world and submerged into classical music, only a wall clock in my studio or a phone call consciously shifts my focus of attention to time and existence.
So time does not have to control or define me. Time would definitely shape and limit my life, if I allow it.
I am not at the end of a process. I am the process, similar to the original force of cosmic explosions, unfolding and expanding forever. As long as I create, I become part to the energy of the universe beyond definition, evolving creatively and transforming art several more times, over and over.
To truly start to see my works as they are, you have to go into them. Be them. Feel them. My Soul is in every single brush stroke. Being who I am, I call into being the timeless light in every painting I create.
Dreaming is an embodiment of Creation which is the source of perpetual creating and therefore helps me give a meaning to my art. Art is more than an object-painting. It’s not just a thing. It’s hundreds of hours of failures and experimentations. It’s days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. It’s a piece of my heart, part of my soul, a moment of my life. When my dream is transferred to you, you become part of it.
This is the true meaning of the Timeless Dream.

Missak Terzian