Vahram Muratyan is a French graphic artist, creative director and author of visual books.
In 2010, during a long stay in New York, Vahram launched his first blog, Paris versus New York, a tally of two cities. More than five millions visits later online, Vahram shows this series at colette and The Standard, the book Paris versus New York becomes an international best-seller, (translated and launched in the US, France, Brazil, Italy, Germany, South Korea and Japan) while the prints and postcards are shipped worldwide. After many years developing his visual op-peds in M le magazine du Monde, Vahram works with magazines, collaborates with Prada, Dior and Longchamp.
His second book, “About Time” a visual memoir around the clock, is a celebration of how we spend our fast & curious lives.
Always keen to new concepts and ideas, ready to spice up an elegant take on Parisian culture with a touch of irony and affectionate eccentricity, the artist divides his time between his studio in Paris, a plane to New York or a connected tearoom in Tokyo, while preparing for his next adventures in print and film.
“Springtime 2020. France and a huge part of the world is under lockdown.
The quarantine is strict in Paris, from mid-March to mid-May : Getting out more than 1km around its place is not ok, “stay home” messages is on the loop, once a week grocery shopping is highly advised, people with dogs — like me — can go out for a walk, a lot of people is discovering the up-and-downs of running, everyone is clapping at 8pm each day to celebrate the hospital and essential workers…
Here’s some of the creations from this odd era, mostly published through my instagram”
“To My Dearest New Yorkers”
2018. Unveiling “Mon Fuji, Mon Amour”, Vahram’s first woodblock print. Made in Japan by Adachi Hanga, based on his drawing of Mount Fuji. Long process for a unique result. The idea behind his take on ukiyo-e (‘image of a floating world’) is the obsession of Japanese and tourists alike for this mountain. Hokusai & his pals can’t deny : Fujisan is without question the star of this fabulous country, and very much decides when to show up. By chance he could get a glimpse on various occasions from Tokyo or in the Shinkansen 🚅 on his way to Kyoto, usually after a storm or very early in the morning. Each time Vahram’s phone (and so many others!) were ready to shoot the diva mountain.