Hagop Belian

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1977, Hagop immigrated to the United States with his sister when he was just twelve years old. As a Syrian-Armenian, he is motivated to preserve his culture and share it in a way that challenges stereotypes. While Hagop’s works are eye-catching – even startling – in their surrealism upon first glance, they are very much grounded in reality.Read More →

Walrus Woman by Hagop Belian

Walrus Woman serves as the keeper of wisdom. She teaches the importance of connection and that every individual serves a unique and divine purpose. Walruses live in large herds and are dependent on the group for survival. She is an African tribe leader wearing a walrus skull to demonstrate her strength and ability to survive.Read More →

Peace Dove is symbolic of the Great Mother and shares her connection to the divine with the world. She assists in the surrender of earthly burdens to spirit, and she is in the deepest sense, a messenger of peace. She restores balance and harmony during times of turmoil and trouble.Read More →

Meta by Hagop Belian

“Meta” is the patron saint of Resurrection and symbolizes the great cycles of transformation in life. Like the lotus blooming from the mud, she demonstrates that things of magnificent beauty are born from the depths of darkness. Rooted in the elements of earth and water, she is the embodiment of the divine feminine; while her wings lift her from the material world and represent her connection to the light.Read More →

Faerie by Hagop Belian

Faerie embodies the serenity and wisdom of patience at the same time holding an innovative vision of the world. Her unique and clever sensibility makes her a master navigator, able to move swiftly with the turnings of the tide. She teaches not to judge a book by its cover, because things are not always as they seem.Read More →

Behind the Cloud by Hagop Belian

One of Hagop’s “Aristocrats” paintings is a woman wearing a draping headscarf and an embroidered blouse. Her features are pretty and delicate, with small petal lips and thin brows. But this is not just a depiction of a Middle Eastern woman—a large dragonfly with its wings spread obstructs the view of most of her face. “Metaphysically, the dragonfly represents the breaking of an illusion, and the fact that it’s over her eyes [shows] the breaking of the illusion of the Middle Eastern woman.”Read More →