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Vagrich Akopovich Bakhchanyan
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Ва́грiч Ако́пович Бахчаня́н

23 May 1938
Kharkiv, Soviet Ukraine
Died 12 November 2009(2009-11-12) (aged 71)
Nationality Ukrainian, American

Vagrich Akopovich Bakhchanyan (Russian: Ва́грич Ако́пович Бахчаня́н; Ukrainian: Ва́грiч Ако́пович Бахчаня́н; Armenian: Վահրիճ Հակոբի Բախչանյան; born May 23, 1938 in Kharkiv, Soviet Ukraine - November 12, 2009, New York City, United States) was a Soviet and American painter, nonconformist artist and writer-conceptualist of Armenian origin.

Early life

He was born to an Armenian family in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where he studied and began painting. In the mid-1960s he moved to Moscow, where he worked at Literaturnaya Gazeta.

In 1974 Bakhchanyan emigrated to United States, and lived in New York City, where he was active in the literary and art scene. There he collaborated with Russian and Soviet writers Sergei Dovlatov, Alexander Genis, and Naum Sagalovsky, among others. He died on November 12, 2009 in New York City.

According to Vagrich's last will, his ashes were scattered high in the Geghama mountains in Armenia.


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