About Esquisse Gallery

Esquisse Gallery was founded by art collector Zara Mazmanian in mid 2009. The gallery aims to serve as a conduit, for international contemporary art scenes. It showcases the work of established international artists in Armenia and abroad as well as dedicates itself to nurturing emerging Armenian artists abroad in order for them to achieve international recognition.

The gallery already has a strong network of internationally recognized artists whose work is hung in museums as well as in private and public collections worldwide. It aims to become a supporter and point of reference for regional trends in contemporary art practices through its commitment in promoting magnificent contemporary art pieces.

Esquisse Gallery is located in Yerevan, Armenia.



Mkrtich Mazmanian (known as Mazmanian)
(b. 1944)

Mazmanian is one of Armenia’s best-known figurative sculptors. His spatial sculptures, in bronze and marble, have been described as ‘abstract yet contain realism’. They carry intellectual inertia by showing human ambition, cultivation, awakening, and evolution.

Mazmanian’s unique style of sculpting and perspective has been shaped by years of exposure to many cultures and artistic styles; although he has learned the most from nature and the human figure. In fact, most of Mazmanian’s work involves the human figure in all its beauty.

Mazmanian’s latest collection of sculptures is entitled “The Middle Eastern Woman.” Living in war-torn Lebanon, where refreshing artistic therapy was in dire need, inspired it. Here, in what became his new home, his new style featuring turning, bending, stretching women’s silhouettes emerged.

Mazmanian is also well known for his portrait sculptures. To date, he has completed over 100 portraits.

Mazmanian’s work as stage designer and a graphic artist have also garnered him acclaim. His drawings have been featured in publications in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. He has taught sculpting, drawing, and painting to several artists who went on to become established figures in the art world.

He has been commissioned to create famous monumental art pieces across the former Soviet space, from Russia, Estonia, and Ukraine to Latvia, Moldova, and Armenia. He has held exhibitions across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Russia. In 2014, one of his sculptures was auctioned in Paris.

Mazmanian attended his first art class at the Gyumri Art School in Armenia when he was 7. He went on to build his artistic skills at two of the most prestigious art institutions in Armenia, the Mercurov Art School and the Terlemezian Art College. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with specialization in sculpting from Terlemezian, he continued his training in Tallinn, Estonia, from 1965 to 1972. There he obtained a Masters degree in Art/sculpting from the National Higher Art Institute, where he received the “Best Student” award for his creativity. In 1985, Mazmanian was honored with “The Republic of Armenia’s Medal” for his major contribution to art in the country.

Mazmanian settled in Beirut in 1991. Currently, he lives and works in both Beirut and Armenia. He is a member of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Armenia (since 1979) as well as the International Association of Art, UNESCO (since 1990).

He won the Best Sculpture Award at the Art Expo New York (2017), as well as received a trophy as an honorary guest at the BIAF (Beirut International Art festival) 2017. Recently Officine Panerai, the Florentine House of Haute horology, announced its collaboration with Mkrtich Mazmanian in the frames of Beirut Art Week 2017.

Major Monumental Statues

  • 2016

    Actress Varduhi Varderesyan Yerevan, Armenia

  • 2015

    “No To Genocide” Rostov-on-Don, Russia

  • 2014

    Actor Sos Sargsyan Yerevan, Armenia

  • 2013

    Prime Minister Joseph Skaff Zahle, Lebanon

  • 2012

    President Michel Suleiman Beirut, Lebanon

  • 2010

    Saeb Salam Beirut, Lebanon

  • 2010

    Camille Chamoun Del el Qamar, Lebanon

  • 2009

    Saint Jacob Haddad Beirut, Lebanon

  • 2009

    Prime Minister Raffic Hariri Beirut, Lebanon

  • 2008

    Prime Minister Raffic Hariri Beirut, Lebanon

  • 2005

    Saint Jacob Haddad Del-el Qamar, Lebanon

  • 2005

    Saint Mary Del-el Qamar, Lebanon

  • 1999

    The monumental statue of Cardinal Sfeir Rayfoun, Lebanon

  • 1991

    Heroes Monument Shengavit, Armenia

  • 1991

    Movses Korkissian, Arthur Karapetian and their friends, that lies near the Dzidsernakaberd monumental complex Yerevan, Armenia

  • 1980

    Higher arcades of Yerevan International Zvartnots Airport Yerevan, Armenia

  • 1979

    A group of Ornaments that ornamented the Youth Palace Yerevan, Armenia

  • 1979

    Obelisks that survived the earthquake in Leninakans airport and its main squares Leninakan, Armenia


Past Exhibitons

  • 26-10 Apr 2024

    Portrait Exhibition of
    Charles Aznavour

    Sayat Nova 5, Yerevan, Armenia

  • 15-19 Feb 2023

    LA Art Show
    Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, United States

  • 27-30 May 2022

    Armenian International Art Fair
    Hakobyan 3, Yerevan, Armenia

  • 01-05 Nov 2019

    Qatar International Art Fair
    Doha, Qatar

  • 31-03 May 2019

    Armenian Art Fair
    Yerevan, Armenia

  • 14-17 Mar 2019

    Art Ankara
    Ankara, Turkey

  • 19-23 Sep 2018

    Contemporary Istanbul
    Istanbul, Turkey

  • 19-22 Apr 2018

    Art Expo New York
    New York, USA

  • 17-21 Jan 2018

    Art Palm Beach
    West Palm Beach | FL, US

  • 06-10 Dec 2017

    Red Dot Miami
    1700 NE 2nd Av., FL 33132, Miami, USA

  • 21 Sep 2017

    Art fair (ME.NA.SA.ART)
    Beirut, Lebanon

  • 21-24 Apr 2017

    New York ArtExpo
    PIER 94, New York, US

  • 01 Jul 2016

    Solo Exhibition
    Yerevan, Armenia

  • 04 Dec 2014

    "Corps en flamme"
    GALERIE KO21, Paris, France

  • 23 Oct 2014

    "Business Art"
    Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France

  • 17 Jun 2014

    "Scope Art Basel"
    Uferstrasse 40, Basel, Switzerland

  • 16 May 2014

    "Salon-Art Shopping"
    Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France

  • 21 Apr 2014

    "Art Monaco 14'"
    Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, France

  • 05 Dec 2012

    "Hivernales de Paris-Est Montreuil"
    Montreil, Paris, France

  • 05 Jul 2012

    "Beirut Art Fair" Me.Na.Sa.Art
    Biel, Beirut, Lebanon

  • 07 Jun 2012

    "The Hidden Truth"
    Esquisse Gallery, Ashrafieh, Lebanon

  • 17 May 2012

    "Les Dames de Beyrouth"
    Le Gray Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon

  • 04 May 2012

    "Her Own World"
    Esquisse Gallery, Ashrafieh, Lebanon

  • 26 Nov 2011

    "Contemporary Dawn"
    Ministry of Tourism | Glass Hall , Beirut, Lebanon

  • 06 Apr 2010

    "Armenia: A Journey Through Art"
    Art Centre, Manama, Bahrain

  • 03 Mar 2010

    "Les Dames Orientales"
    Capital Club, Manama, Bahrain

Upcoming Exhibitions



(in bronze, marble, glass, wood, stainless steel etc...)
Portraits, monuments, public art, vitrage, special
interior creations etc...


In bronze, resin, wax, etc...


(by clients choice)


+ 374 95 555109 Armenia, Yerevan
+ 961 71 742669 Lebanon, Beirut