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Born in Detroit, MI in 1923, Charles Garabedian moved to California at age 9. After serving in the United States Air Force during World War II, Garabedian received an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 1950. He began painting at age 32 and decided to return to school to receive formal painting instruction from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned an MA in 1961.

He has shown regularly in New York and Los Angeles since the early 1970’s and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


His work can be seen in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.  In 2011, Julie Joyce curated a comprehensive retrospective of Garabedian’s work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Charles Garabedian passed away on February 11, 2016 at his home in Santa Monica California. 

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