The Art of Armenian Calligraphy
Creative Portfolio 2020
Ruben Malayan (1971-) is an award-winning art director and visual artist.
His career in graphic design spans over twenty years — crossing over into the fields of visual identity design, typography and calligraphy. For over a decade he has been working on research about the art of specialized scripts, and has developed a portfolio of unique Armenian calligraphy. Ruben is also notable for his work in social activism, as a founder of the 'Armenian Genocide in Contemporary Graphic & Art Posters' project, and for his protest art contributions to the 2018 Armenian Velvet Revolution. Over the years he has lectured and taught workshops of calligraphy in the United States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Romania and Armenia. Ruben's work has been published in a number of books and magazines in Israel, Armenia, US, Netherlands and France. He exhibits art locally and abroad, and is currently teaching a Visual Communication course at American University of Armenia and drawing at Terlemezyan Art College.
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2018-present: American University of Armenia - Adjunct Lecturer / English & Communications (CHSS) / Visual Communications
2016-present: Terlemezyan State College of Fine Arts - Lecturer / Drawing
2015-2017: Lecturer on Motion Design, Typography and Post Production at TUMO Center for Creative Technologies (Yerevan, Armenia).
2013: Teaching a course on 'Creative Advertising' at Russian-Armenian State University, Department of Advertising and PR, Yerevan, Armenia.
2012: Development of study curriculum (design, animation, film studies) for TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, Yerevan, Armenia.
• Over fifteen years of work experience as an art director and visual effects supervisor, including feature film production.
• Over twenty years of experience in graphic and communication design.
• International multi-cultural work experience - Canada, Israel, Netherlands, India, and Armenia.
2014-current: Freelance art and creative direction.
2013-2014: Maeutica Brands & Business – Creative Director.
2012: TUMO Center for Creative Technologies (Yerevan, Armenia) – Head of content development.
2011: Makuta VFX (Hyderabad, India) - CG Supervisor for “Eega” by SS Rajamouli.
2010: Triada Studio (Yerevan, Armenia) - Creative Director.
2008-2009: Snowball | VFX (Tel Aviv, Toronto, NYC) – Creative Director.
2006-2007 : JCS PP (Tel Aviv, Israel)- Senior Art director / Lead VFX Supervisor.
2004-2006: Gravity Group PP (Tel Aviv, Israel) - Art director / VFX Supervisor.
2002-2004: Geller Nessis / Arc Interactive (Tel Aviv, Israel) - Interactive & Webdesign.
2000-2002: Malvin BV (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - Art Director.
1994-1998: Compugraphic Multimedia Solutions (Tel Aviv, Israel) - Art Director ('96-'98), Graphic Designer ('94-'96).
• Animation: 3DSMAX, FumeFX, Maya (some).
• Design: Adobe CC – Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Muse.
• Post-production: AfterEffects, Premiere, Audition.
Languages: Native – Armenian, Fluent - English, Russian, Hebrew.
Born in 27th of March, 1971, Yerevan, Armenia.
Education: 1976-1986 Secondary School # 83 Yerevan, Armenia.
1986-1990 Yerevan State Art College after P. Terlemezian, 4 years graduate program of “Teaching Drawing and Design” Graduated with a Diploma of Excellence.
1990-1993 Yerevan Academy Of Fine Arts, “Graphics and Original Prints” program.
1993-1994 Kalisher Art School of Tel Aviv “Visual Arts & Media”, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Creative work / Publications:
2019 Artist Residency at Creative Armenia/Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
2018 Hrant Dink Foundation - “Armenian Calligraphy: Past, present and future” presentation, Istanbul, Turkey
2018 Dessaran Festival - “Armenian Calligraphy: Past, present and future” presentation, Padova and Venice, Italy
2018 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival / series of calligraphy performances and workshops in Washington DC
2018 TEDx at AUA - TED talk on the Art of Armenian script
2017 Granshan International Conference on Non-Latin Type / Lecture and Calligraphy performance with Timothy Donaldson
2017 American University of Armenia – Lecture on Armenian Calligraphy and Script Development
2017 Participated in Fabricaffiti Street Art Exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia
2017 Lecture and masterclass at “I'am here” Exhibition of Young Armenian Artists, Museum of Fashion, Moscow, Russia
2016 Lecture and masterclass on the Art of Armenian Calligraphy- Yerevan State Art College after P. Terlemezian
2015-2016 ReAnimania 7th International Animation Film and Comics Art Festival of Yerevan - member of jury for short film competition
2015 Graphic poster "The Dark Chain of Human History" on display as part of "Evil: The Matter of Intent" exhibition at Hebrew Union College Museum, NYC
2015 Calligraphy for "Cities of Peace" - Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation.
2015 Granshan 2015 Type Design Competition Member of a Jury - Armenian text typefaces category.
2015 Graphic poster "The Dark Chain of Human History" on display as part of "Evil: The Matter of Intent" exhibition at Hebrew Union College Museum, NYC.
2015 Fundacja Sztuka Kaligrafii Krakow, Poland & Yerevan, Armenia – Masterclass of Armenian Calligraphy.
2015 Festivalul Strada Armeneasca Bucharest, Romania– Lecture and Masterclass of Armenian Calligraphy.
2015 Calligraphy for the cover of Scout Tufankjian “There is Only The Earth”.
2015 Rise of Culture International Art'n'Music Festival Lublin, Poland – Lecture and Masterclass of Armenian Calligraphy & graphic posters exhibition.
2015 ReAnimania 7th International Animation Film and Comics Art Festival of Yerevan - member of jury for short film competition.
2015 Best Digital Entry for LA City Council Armenian Genocide Centennial Art Competition.
2015 Hartak Festival, Yerevan - Lecture and Masterclass of Armenian Calligraphy.
2015 Participated in ANKAPital art exhibition at HAYP Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia.
2015 Graphic work published in '99' publication on Armenian Genocide by PanArmenian.net.
2014 Granshan 2015 Calligraphic work exhibited at TypoLyrics exhibition
2012 “The Elegance of Classic Armenian Calligraphy” article published in YerevanMagazine Mar/Apr issue.
2011 Member of a Jury on “One Shot” International Short Film Festival, NPAK, Yerevan.
2011 Calligraphic works and an essay on Armenian calligraphy published in 'The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy' Sterling Publishing, NYC.
2011 Lecture on Armenian Calligraphy at AGBU Montreal Chapter.
2011 “Ruben Malayan 'Label Écriture'“ article published in Nouvelles d'Armenie magazine No 179.
2011 Interview and article published in “Haytoug” magazine, Spring 2011, USA.
2011 Interview published in “Slide” magazine, No.5, Yerevan, Armenia.
2010 “The Art of Calligraphy: Script in Its Purest Forms” article published in Armenian Weekly & Asbarez.
2009 Solo exhibition of Armenian Calligraphy at “5” Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2005 Publication of graphic posters in “Israel & Armenian Genocide: Banality of Indifference” by Yair Auron; Open University Press, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2004 Graphics & photography displayed at Flow Galeria (Canada).
2004 Photographs published at Deliberately Buried magazine (Israel).
2004 Drawings & paintings published at TartArt magazine (Slovakia).
2003 USA Armenian Life Magazine / Asbarez - Article on "300 Seconds" Short film.
2003 Horizon Magazine - interview & article on Armenian Genocide Art Poster competition, Lebanon.
2001 Participation in Maartje Nevejan "Virtual Fatherlands" Documentary / ViewPoint Productions / MamaCash, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2001 Interview and article published in Tergede Magazine / Reformatorisch Dagblad, Netherlands.
2001-2003 Publication & worldwide distribution of graphic posters- winners of "Armenian Genocide in Contemporary Art & Graphic Posters" International competition. Netherlands / USA.
1999- UI designs featured in Jerusalem Post / Wired Magazine / CNN website.
1989-1993 Participated in annual exhibitions of Young Armenian Artists at Union of Armenian Artists and The Academy of Fine Arts, Yerevan, Armenia.
2019 The Art of Armenian Calligraphy, ExModern Contemporary Art at Holiday Inn Express, Yerevan, Armenia
2018 Armenian Revolution Posters - AOKS, Yerevan, Armenia
1999 UNDP Armenia Internet Project and Sard 99 Armenian Website Prize Jury.
Title of winner in the category “Armenian FREENET Choice”- for good design by
means of computer technologies and wonderful art.
2000 RuSure.com Comparative shopping UI interface (Wired Magazine).
2015 Best Digital Entry at Centennial Art Contest of LA City Council.
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