Minas Karapet Avetisyan (July 20, 1928, Jajur, Akhuryan region, Armenian SSR, USSR – February 23, 1975, Yerevan, Armenian SSR, USSR), was a famous Armenian painter. One of the most brilliant representatives of Armenian fine arts of the second half of the 20th century. He was born on July 20, 1928, in Jajur (now in the RA Shirak region). He started painting relatively late. As a teenager he was fascinated by Martiros Saryan’s art. He first met the animal painter at the age of 18. The miniature painting of the Italian Renaissance, which he became acquainted with while studying in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), had a great influence on the artistic and aesthetic development of Minas.
Minas has created compositions, landscapes reflecting the Armenian rural world, as well as portraits, still lifes, and frescoes. He referred to all spheres of painting: painting, graphics, frescoes, stage painting, etc. Some of the famous paintings refer to the past of the Armenian people, especially to the Armenian massacres of 1915, from which the artist’s parents escaped. The “Road” created in 1965-1967 belongs to that period. “My parents’ memories”, “On the way to Der-Zor” (1964). Minas’s adult creative life lasted 15 years, from 1960 to 1975, during which time the artist created about five hundred large and small canvases, about the same number of drawings, twenty large-scale murals, and more than a dozen ballet and theatrical productions. Minas was involved in a car accident in Yerevan on February 16, 1975. He died a week later, on February 23.