Karen Khachaturov Leads Us Into His Quirky Pastel Universe

Born in 1992 and a graduate of Yerevan University in Armenia, photographer Karen Khachaturov has already made a particularly promising start to his career.

Indeed, his photographs have already travelled the world, appearing in exhibitions in Tbilisi in Georgia, Cuba, and China. His images have also been noticed by numerous experts, such as those at the MoMA in San Francisco, among others.

© Karen Khachaturov

Karen Khachaturov’s photographs appeal because they are both entertaining and moving in equal measure. Behind a light-hearted, colorful appearance, the artist tackles complex themes, such as his grandfather’s cancer. Following the diagnosis, the photographer decided to depict this ordeal as a form of therapy, aimed at fighting the disease.  

With this in mind, we see his grandfather pose with a chandelier as a hat, wear several pairs of glasses at the same time and even use a hoover emitting smoke. Images full of humor, which downplay a difficult situation in a compassionate manner. While the content is thoughtful, the form is also accomplished as Karen Khachaturov has a unique visual signature, based on pastel colors and surreal images. A carefully constructed universe, which draws viewers in on a quest to find out more.

© Karen Khachaturov

© Karen Khachaturov

© Karen Khachaturov

© Karen Khachaturov

© Karen Khachaturov

© Karen Khachaturov

© Karen Khachaturov

© Karen Khachaturov

© Karen Khachaturov

You can find Karen Khachaturov’s work on his Behance page and Instagram account.