bio | artist’s statement
Seda Baghdasarian is a visionary– an artist who enjoys visual storytelling as a painter, photographer, experimental filmmaker, art director and architectural /production designer. Born in Teheran, and raised in United Kingdom, she graduated with first-class honors degree in Architecture and Interior Design from London Metropolitan University in 1982. After a brief period of working for Channel 4 Films as a documentary filmmaker, she immigrated to the States and began a 20-year career in large-scale commercial, corporate, retail, and later Concept/ Themed-Entertainment Design, for major Hollywood studios. Major projects included Universal’s Islands of Adventure Theme Park in Orlando, Florida; where she deigned and directed Concepts as well as Production Design of schematic through construction documents for Retail & Restaurant Interiors, Storefronts & Street Scenes, as well as Show/Ride Venues. Other projects included Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan; as well as many other creative ‘film-based‘ consulting work for other entertainment design firms.
Returning to her passion for painting & photography, Seda studied with award-winning artist and filmmaker Arthur Bjorn Egeli, who apprenticed color with American master impressionist Henry Hensche.
Since her first travels to her native land in 2006, Seda has been fortunate to study with maestro Armen Atayan. A ninety-year-old living legend, who taught academic painting for four decades at the renowned St Petersburg Academy in Moscow, as well as the Yerevan Art Academy. A self-taught photographer, Seda has visited and documented some of the world’s most sacred places. She is strongly committed to the education of young minds, renovating village schools in Armenia and Peru, and always in support of the arts as well as environmental conservation efforts & sustainability practices. The artist lives and works by the great Pacific in Malibu, experiencing, observing, & echoing the moods of this infinite expanse of water through her own work.