Minas Halaj

Artist Minas Halaj photo credit Armen Poghosyan.jpg

Minas Halaj is an Armenian born American artist. Minas Halaj lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is best known on his series of a body of work " Floral Mind " collection that also creates his mixed-media assemblage artworks with an unusual assortment of materials. Minas has received multiple degrees in art from his native Yerevan and has continued his formal art training at several California schools since he arrived in the US in 2002. His beautifully intricate art has been featured in nearly 50 contemporary art exhibits around the world, with many pieces now residing in high-profile international collections.

The concept of beauty is a burdened one. We are living in a society that fears its adoration in contemporary art, yet intimidates its women into accepting it as their highest value. We have degraded it in mass media and the celebrity yet revere it above all other qualities of life. Beauty is a double-edged sword an instrument of seduction and inaccessibility burdened sword an overwhelming distrust in the simple sensation of pleasure.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

The last book that I discovered was George Gurdjieff's Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson. My favorite book for all time is The Castle by Franz Kafka.

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

GQ Style

What apps do you use the most and why?

I use SoundCloud for listening to music when I'm at the studio working and I use Instagram for connecting with my art lovers.

Whats currently on your playlist?

Groundswell by Arve Friman Henrikson
It's Only by Odesza
Wisconsin by Bon Iver
Mac Miller - NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Soleful Techno 16 - Mark My words by Gabriel Arnendo
Luke Warren
Davit Haser
Spectre by Tycho
Tribute To The Man by Viken Arman
This Is How We Walk on The moon by Jose Gonzalez

What records would you recommend to hear?

When I'm in the meditative mood I always like to listen Komitas and recommend everyone at list ones to connect with this hi-level composer.

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

I would recommend everyone to watch The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov and Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky.

Minas Halaj %22 Floral Mind # 54%22 2019, Oil, wax, gold, textile, mixed media on panel, 62x48 in. (157.48x121.92 cm.).jpg
Minas Halaj %22Floral Mind #12%22 2016 Oil, emulsion, textile, mixed media on wood, 40x30 inches. (101.6x76.2 cm).jpg

Which artists working today do you admire most?

I admire the German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

No time for TV.

Who are you following?

Larry Gagosian
Swizz Beatz
George Condo

What tools do you use in your work?

In my works, I use lots of recycled materials, textiles, acrylic paint, oil paint, wax, gold leaf and etc.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

The New Yorker
Art In America

What are your favorite gadgets?

My favorite gadget Is my smartphone because with the phone you can do lots of activities including e-mails, social media, even to paying bills.


Minas Halaj


Portrait image by © Armen Poghosyan