Artoon was born in a small neighborhood called Zeytun in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan. He immigrated to United States with his parents when he was five years old, living in Salt Lake City, Utah for most of his life. Starting at a young age, he was already drawn to the art world and by the time he was in his 20’s, he was creating 10-12 foot murals inspired by Michelangelo and Da Vinci. This set his foundation as a painter while he focused on experimenting with various mediums such as oil on canvas and acrylics. As a self-taught artist, over the course of 7 years, he has managed to progress in LA’s competitive art industry solely on his own merit.
Artoon is not afraid to take risks in life nor in his work in order to captivate the public through unconventional and raw artistic expression. Choosing to create street style art also represents who he is as a person and as an artist; unrefined, intense yet authentic. He is genuinely interested in creating pieces that convey a deep rooted meaning for him as well as in pushing the boundaries to draw out unbridled emotion from his audience. In 2015, he was the featured artist for the Sun Dance Film Festival in Park City, Utah where he presented his paintings to celebrity artists including Iggy Azalea, Skrillex, Alesso, Lindsey Sterling and Knife Party. His murals have also been showcased in various articles throughout Los Angeles, as well as music videos, and documentaries.
“My work tends to resonate with the real masters of art from the Renaissance Era. Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci have had a profound influence on much of the work I've produced throughout my life. They were my real teachers. I feel an artist’s job is to elicit an emotion out of a person, whether it’s to smile or to cry. I also like spreading my artwork in the streets to get my message across, and reach a broader audience. My goal is to ensure that I not only continue to grow as an artist, but that each new project is more profound than the one before. What helps me grow as an artist is gaining inspiration from a broad spectrum of significant topics. I never want to be content with anything I create, which is why I always say that my favorite piece is my next piece. What I’ve done up to this point in my career, and what I am doing now is just the beginning.