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Three centuries of tradition

Artur’s roots are deeply embedded in art. Back in the 18 century, his great grandfather Gevorg

Kalaijian built over seventeen Armenian Churches in West Armenia.

His grandfather and father continued this artistic tradition and were well known craftsmen whose

metal works, railings, gates and fences decorate buildings throughout Abhasia and Russia.

Artur knew from a young age that he was destined to follow his family’s tradition.

He graduated one of the finest schools of art in Moscow with his masters in sculpting, hand-wood

carving and design. Along with his father, they opened and operated a well-known company

called “Eskusstvo” in Russia.

They specialized in the restoration of historical masterpieces and worked on restoring the Throne

of Peter in St.Petersburg, Pushkin’s Museum in Moscow, and the Church of Kelln in Germany.

They also designed and fabricated works of art for the academy of Ury Gagarin who was the

first cosmonaut.

Hand-crafted artistry continues in America

In the mid-90′s, Artur moved with his family to the United States. Along with his sister, Arpik,

an accomplished professional iconographer (artist specializing in pictorial illustration), and his father Tigran, they continued their master craftsmanship here. They joined in 1996 Conrad Schmitt Studios, then in 1998 Inspired Artisans Studio, this firms specializing in liturgical art design, fabrication and restoration.

They participated in a multitude of projects.One of the more noteworthy endeavors include the design and fabrication of 14 original stained glass windows for St. John’s Armenian Church in Greenfield, Wisconsin which was dedicated by his eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.

They also crafted a life size hand carved wood statue of the holy family in Harland, Wisconsin, Statues of St. Mary in Saratoga, California and a life size Virgin Mary holding child for St. Mary’s church in Elgin, Illinois. They also participated in restoration of stained glass windows of St. John Basilica church in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

New company brings custom architectural features into homes.

In 2000, Artur established his own company, Arttig Art. His goal was to take his extensive artistic and design experience and create unique one of a kind artistic projects for churches, private homes and businesses. He has succeeded in creating unusual, exquisite projects that can be seen not only here in the United States but worldwide.

Artur uses many mediums including wood, steel, acrylic, glass, bronze, clay or fabric to create his works. With help from other professional artists he has completed over 400 projects including stained glass, statues, restoration of historical buildings, custom made

furniture, ornamental hard wood floors, custom entrance doors, intricate iron railings, children’s

playgrounds and store displays.

One of the most unique and memorable projects was a life size toy airplane for a children’s

playground, exhibition displays for Fashion Angels toy companion Milwaukee Wisconsin. Permanent store displays for world largest toy store in New York “FAO Schwarz”. Artistic sculpted bronze entrance doors for Armenian orthodox church in Chicago Illinois which was dedicated by his eminence Archbishop Karekin first.

While Artur’s work includes churches and businesses, his passion is in making his work accessible to private home owners. His one of a kind art projects transforms homes into the extraordinary.

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