Biography

PETER SARKISIAN is an American video artist and early practitioner of digital image mapping techniques. He has been featured in nearly 80 international museum exhibitions spanning more than 20 years. In 2005, he was named a Master Video Artist by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in its annual report to the White House.

Major public museums and venues to have exhibited Sarkisian's work include: Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of Art, Taiwan, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Picasso Museum, France, The New Museum, New York, and several others.

Sarkisian was among a group of artists to project video images against non-planar viewing surfaces - a technique he helped develop in the 1990's by digitally augmenting the spatial characteristics of projected images to match physical surfaces of varying shape and angular orientation. Since then, Sarkisian has pushed the state of his art in an effort to discover new and exciting techniques, often incorporating cutting edge technology such as 3D CNC, vacuum forming and 3D printing into his creative process.  

Many of Sarkisian's earliest methods predate those now used in the entertainment and multi-media industries. In 2008, the Mechanical Engineering magazine published a feature article on Sarkisian's work, noting his innovations: "Technology is transforming human experience and the means we use to tell our stories. Visionaries like Peter Sarkisian are addressing its challenges by using technology in new and innovative ways, as ally and tool, providing fresh experience and renewd meaning."

CURRICULUM VITAE

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SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Fisher Landau Center, Brooklyn, NY
St. Petersburg Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City, KS
Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kumamoto, Japan.
Delta Dairy, City, Greece
Mitchell, Silberg and Knupp, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
The West Collection, PA Commerce Bank

RESIDENCIES
2002   Studio Residency, Picasso Museum, Antibes, France

GRANTS
2001   Nancy Graves Foundation Grant, New York

EDUCATION
Studied at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA, 1985/86
Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 1989/90

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015   Peter Sarkisian, Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Peter Sarkisian: Video Works, a special project curated by
           the organizing body of Art Miami New York, Pier 94, New York, NY
2014   Special Project: Peter Sarkisian, curated by the organizing body of
           Art San Francisco/Art Silicon Valley, San Francisco, CA. Traveled to Art Miami, Miami, FL
           Sarkisian & Sarkisian (Curated by Dan Cameron), Orange County Museum of Art,
           Newport Beach, CA
2013   Peter Sarkisian: VideoMorphic Figures, Zadok Gallery, Miami, FL
           Peter Sarkisian: Video Works, 1996 to 2011:   New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
2012   Peter Sarkisian: Video Works, 1996 – 2008, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art,
           Scottsdale, AZ
           Peter Sarkisian: New Work, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO