Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Hagop Najarian and his family immigrated to the United States in 1969. As an Armenian living in La Mirada, he drew strength from the strong ties and grounding that his family and close community provided. Watching his father and grandfather create elaborate wood furniture with simple tools was the foundation and driving force in Hagop as an artist.
Pursuing his undergraduate studies in art at Fullerton College and receiving his BFA in drawing and painting at Cal State Univ. Long Beach provided a traditional technical foundation. In 1993 he began his graduate study at Tyler School of Art at Temple University through their prestigious study abroad program in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia campus.
Hagop Najarian is a working artist and college professor living in La Mirada, California. He is a Professor of Art teaching Drawing and Painting at Cerritos College since 1999. He was the Art Department Chair from 2009- 2014 and the Cerritos College Art Club Advisor from 2000-2014.
His recent body of work explores color and sound. Using the formal language of Color, Shape, Line, Rhythm, Weight, Mass, Flatness and Space, Hagop explores the emotional impact received from listening to music and translates it to the visual language of painting. As a musician, Hagop explores a similar experimentation with sound. The current paintings are a natural synthesis of Hagop’s studio practice of music and painting.