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Born in Beirut in 1973, Raffi Yedalian studied Etching at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Art and Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Art Toros Roslin. Yadalian’s etchings, paintings and wood and bronze sculptures are characterised by stylised human faces whose angular features convey a sense of eternal longing. His sombre paintings of monochrome, morose figures often set against dark or single-colour backgrounds are affective, inviting a reflection on loss, melancholia and suffering. In 2012, his bronze monument Meghabard was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Lebanon and a miniature replica of the monument is part of H.H Pope Benedict XVI’s collection in Vatican City. In 2015, he presented to H.H. Pope Francis his painting of Blessed Ignatius Maloyan, in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Additionally, several of Yedalian’s works are held in permanent collections including those of the Sursock Museum in Beirut, Modern and Contemporary Art Museum “MACAM” Lebanon, the Armenian Genocide Museum in Yerevan, Armenia and the Museum of the Convent of Bzommar in Lebanon.

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