SLowRes Cropped SophiaGasparian 2011 AngelaMariaOrtizS.ophia Gasparian is known for her sociopolitical work. As an artist, she thrives on blatant political subjects. Sophia was born in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2002, Sophia developed the installation “The Day of the Dead: Armenian Genocide 1915.” In 2005, she co-curated an international group exhibition “Requiem for the Genocide” with Yerevan MOCA.

Constantly pushing barriers, Gasparian recently completed the “Forced to Confront the Face of Evil” series. Her narrative paintings intertwine childlike innocence with sociopolitical criticism and her aesthetic approach remains apart from mainstream art, incorporating stencils, stickers, spray paint and other nontraditional media.

Sophia Gasparian is one of many successful artists who have agreed to donate their work to “Artworks for Healing” on Wednesday, February 8th at the Skirball Center.

This fundraising event will benefit the nonprofit organization, A Window Between Worlds. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, A Window Between Worlds has helped thousands of survivors of domestic violence, through art programs.

The event is being presented in collaboration with Heidi Gray and the James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station, as well as several other prominent Los Angeles galleries.

Sophia was excited when curators of a recent show, J.Cheryl Bookout and Amanda Quinn Oivar asked her to be a part of “Artworks for Healing.”

lowres SophiaGasparian IDeserveYou 300dpiShe explains, “It is an honor to participate and be among a great company of people who care about public issues.” Then adds, “Women are often uneducated and unprepared for social success. With my painting titled ‘I Deserve You,’ I hope to encourage young people to expect positivity and greatness in their lives. With a little inspiration from the arts, it is possible to achieve one’s dreams and goals.”

“Artworks for Healing” will be held Feb. 8th, 7:00 -10:00 pm, at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda, LA, 90049. The event will feature an art auction, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Tickets are $75.00 and can be purchased on their website.

Additional participating artists include: Peter Alexander, Herb Alpert, Larry Bell, Amy Caterina, Chase, Chukes, Shepard Fairey, Curt Gunther, Ed Moses, Cathy Salser and many more.;;