Garo Zareh Antreasian Biography

Garo Zareh Antreasian




Garo Zaereh Antreasian, painter, printmaker, master printer, and educator, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 16, 1922. He began studying lithography at age seventeen at the Arsenal Technical High School and followed that with formal art training at the School of the Herron Art Institute where, in 1948, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Upon graduation he was given a formal appointment to the faculty of the Herron and a $1,200.00 Mary Miliken Memorial Traveling Scholarship. The following year, Antreasian used a portion of the scholarship to study printmaking in New York at the Art Students’ League under Will Barnet and at Atelier 17 with Stanley William Hayter.

After working as an instructor at the School of the Herron Art Institute, Antreasian became the first technical director and master printer at the newly formed Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960. In 1965, he relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he also taught in the Art Department of the University of New Mexico and was instrumental in bringing the workshop from Los Angeles to UNM as Tamarind Institute. In 1971, he co-wrote Tamarind Techniques for Fine Art Lithography with Clinton Adams, which became the definitive text for creative lithography internationally. Antreasian was one of very few artists at Tamarind with significant technical skill in lithography. In the 1970s, he turned to hard-edge abstraction and became known among printers for his use of the rainbow roll. Garo Zareh Antreasian died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 3, 2018 at age 96.

Antreasian is represented in the collections of the University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He won numerous awards and grants throughout his career, including an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Purdue University.