B.1975, United States
Born in Antwerp and raised in New York City, Vahakn Arslanian began painting and working with glass at an early age. Deaf from birth and autistic, he became fascinated by the sensation and beauty of shattered glass. His work frequently employs glass—sometimes broken, sometimes intact—as well as found or acquired objects like antique window sashes and hardware, massive airliner cockpit windows, lightbulbs, and even jet-engine fans.
Arslanian has been widely exhibited including solo shows at Maccarone Gallery (New York, 2009), Vito Schnabel (New York, 2013), and Marc Jancou Gallery (Geneva, 2013). His work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions, including the St. Moritz Art Masters in 2011. His collaboration with Julian Schnabel, The Ones You Didn’t Write-The Maybach Car, was displayed on the Grand Canal during the Venice Biennale in 2011.