Ralph Tarzian

BIOGRAPHY

Concentrating on his work, Ralph Tarzian calmly sculpts the piece of clay in front of him, changing the position of the foot, elongating the arm, adjusting the ear on the horse. After over fifty years of working in sculpture, Ralph has arrived at the point where his figures dance into life by themselves. Working in either bronze or marble, Ralph creates images and sensations that inspire him. A series of thin women, with a bird, or an umbrella, characterize his work. Also in his past concepts are abstract hanging pieces, geometric planes crossing over each other to give an effect of tension and movement.

Ralph’s studio is located in Laguna Beach, California where he and his wife have lived for many years. Oftentimes commissioned for large, outdoor pieces, his thin bronze figures, in groups or alone, are well loved and sought after by many private and corporate collectors.

EDUCATION
Long Beach City College – A.A. Degree
UC Long Beach – B.A. Degree; M.A. Degree
Studio Cacciatori, Pietrasanta, Italy
Studio La Roussie, Vieux Mareiul, France

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Professor of Fine Arts, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA (retired)

NON-ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Director – Sculpture Invitational of O.C. Fair (past)
Board of Directors – Laguna Art Museum (past)
Board of Directors – Long Beach Art Association (past)

EXHIBITS / GALLERIES
La Cachette Gallery, Chagrin Falls, OH
Ryder Sculpture Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Paulsen Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Barnsdale Park Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Challis Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Borje, Corona Del Mar, CA
Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco & Laguna Beach, CA
Mills House Art Gallery, Garden Grove, CA
Huntington Beach Library & Cultural Center, Huntington Beach, CA
Gallerie Vieux Marieul, Marieul, France
Long Beach Art Assoc., Long Beach, CA
Palos Verdes Art Assoc., Palos Verdes, CA
Gallerie Andre, Costa Mesa, CA
Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
Galleria Cacciatori, Pietrasanta, Italy
The Art Connection, Laguna Niguel, CA
Diane Sassone Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Esther Wells Collection, Laguna Beach, CA

EXHIBITS
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA

EXHIBITS / COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Goldenwest College, Huntington Beach, CA
College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA
Mendenhall Gallery, Whittier College, Whittier, CA
Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery,

NEW WORKS

Horse II
Horse I
Homage to Archipenko
(21" X 10 3/4" X 5")
Spirits
(48" x 9" x 9")
The Acrobats

SELECTED WORKS



Torso
Mother and Child
(12" x 7" x 6")