American Painter


The exceptional work of master painter Arian is the product of natural artistic talent, heartfelt passion, and nearly 50 years of study and observation.  He was born in 1947 and received formal training in painting and sculpture at the Frudakis Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Barnstone Studios in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and at a private art academy in Florence, Italy.   


After his teenage years in America’s Midwest, Arian moved to California in search of spiritual enlightenment where he devoted the next 18 years of his life to the service of a monastery as a monk. There, his early morning meditations were followed by ten to twelve hours of creating drawings, paintings, and murals for the monastery. In addition, he was sent to some of the leading art schools of the day to study. This monastic life allowed him to both refine his technical skills and open his heart and mind to the spiritual beauty of the world around him. 


Arian's purpose is to utilize the technical mastery of drawing and painting to express the joy and beauty   permeating the physical world. His artistic influences are the French master William Bouguereau, American realist John Singer Sargent, Russian Masters Ilya Repin and Nicolai Fecin, and contemporary realist Richard Schmid. 


Museums, influential individuals, corporations, celebrities such as George Harrison and Michael Jackson, as well as some of the most prominent art collectors in USA and China have acquired Arian’s paintings.  His work benefits from worldwide recognition.  It has been presented in prestigious art fairs and it continues to find placement in important collections.


Arian's work has been displayed in The Australian Museum in Sydney, Australia, Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, USA, and The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California, USA.