On January 6, 2012 the eclectic La Luz de Jesus Gallery presented artist Alexandra Manukyan’s first solo show “Secrets and Confession.”

The paintings are delicate, intricate and sensual. Manukyan combines traditional oil painting techniques with the symbolism of a surrealist. The opening was packed with various models from her paintings scattered throughout the back gallery. Maintaining consistency with Manukyan’s work “Secrets and Confession,” examines the masks we all wear on a daily basis to conceal our true selves and the repercussions these disguises have on personal relationships.

A reoccurring character in Manukyan’s show is a femme fatale preventing her true nature from being revealed. The inspiration from the female antagonist in her paintings came from a toxic woman Manukyan once knew. This woman’s harmful personality is symbolized in Toxic #2. The woman is surrounded by half clothed men wearing gas masks to prevent them from being overtaken by her.

From the graceful models to the passion each piece conveys, Manukyan’s work is simply extraordinary. Each painting of her paintings comes to life right off the wall. “Secrets and Confession” will be on exhibit until January 29th at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

– written by Keisha Raines with photos by Birdman for Warholian

For more on the show visit: http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2012/Manukyan/Manukyan2012.htm

For more on the artist visit: http://www.alexandramanukyan.com/