Rubik Kocharyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1940. His family was exiled to Siberia in 1946 due to the Stalin regime. Rubik obtained the base of his skills and knowledge studying under Ivan Pavlov, a Russian artist in exile. After the return of the family to Yerevan in 1953, Rubik entered the Terlemezian Art School, where he would study under several prominent Armenian artists. In 1955, he entered the Moscow School of Art. Later, he would have the opportunity to study Old Masters at the Pushkin Museum.
In 1959, Rubik returned to Yerevan to work with leading influential artists and receive his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Yerevan State Institute nearly a decade later, in 1968. In the following years, Rubik participated in numerous shows in Armenia, as well as throughout the Soviet Union.
In 1974, Rubik emigrated to the United States, arriving with no money or paintings: he was forced to leave the latter behind in Russia. During the difficulties of his first years in the US, Rubik managed to found a studio on Madison Avenue in New York City, which he filled with his newly created works. His creations would be featured in a number of galleries in New York, as well as in Washington, DC.
Between 1980 and 1982, Rubik created a series of paintings in Greece, which had been ordered by a collector. The artist moved to Los Angeles in 1986, where he had already been represented by Heritage Gallery and other exhibitions. Since 1996, Rubik has been living in Clovis, California. Many of his works are now in private collections or have been and are featured in museums in America and Russia. You could follow his activities on his official Facebook page as well.