While we’re still spending time with Michael in Russia more particularly Petergof, I thought I would like to introduce you to an extremely accomplished floral artist: Araik Galstyan. I referred to him as a “floral artist” because of the way he approaches his designs, as works of art which are made more valuable due to as he says the “fleeting beauty” and relatively short life of the medium.
Araik Galstyan is the Founder and director of the Araik Galstyan Moscow International Floral Design School. His formal education was for painting from 1990 to 1995 at the Yerevan University P. Terlemeziyan College of Art, Faculty of Painting. His accomplishments are not limited to but include the honorable Award of People’s Choice in 2010, the World’s Championship of Professional Floristry in China and in 2011 and the European Championship of Professional Floristry in Czech Republic. He is also the official florist-designer in the Russian branch of Sotheby’s in Moscow.
With great pleasure, I attended his stage presentation at the 2013 American Institute of Floral Design National Symposium held in Las Vegas NV. What struck me most, besides the exact execution of incredibly complicated designs, was emphasis on his appreciation for each individual flower. He would simply use only one or two floral types, and because of this created some very impressive designs that wowed the audience of skilled floral designers. The use of minimal floral varieties is embodied in his professional mission which as he says is “the creation of high-rank art works for the commercial market with the emphasis on respect to the individualism of every single flower. Skillful combination of the striving at the perfect harmony between the flowers and perpetual artistic seeking and self-perfection are the meaning of my existence. I want everyone to reflect [in] the fleeting beauty of flowers.”
I want everyone to reflect in the fleeting beauty of flowers in his works and the works of Kristina Valdmaa Designs.