A new language of art,

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SHANOOR

Biography

SHANOOR, 

of Armenian decent studied Creative Advertising Design in London, and continued his studies in film at the School of Art Institute in Chicago.

A renaissance man, known to many as a protégée child, Shanoor was involved in art shows and competitions and won countless awards. His work was selected to be featured in Children’s Museum of Armenia at age fifteen in 1965. His work was also exhibited in group shows at the museum Sursok and participated in group shows in Beirut, Lebanon by the German Cultural Association and at Gallery Contemporaine in 1974.

 

Following Shanoor’s move to Chicago in 1975, he yearned to be in the heart of the American culture. He joined Leo Burnett Chicago Advertising agency in 1976 as an art director and producer. He was involved in creating concepts for accounts including Kodak, Schlitz, and U.S. Saving Bonds. He also worked as a creative director at BBDO Chicago and Albert J. Rosenthal producing and designing within the advertising world. Concurrently, he continued to paint on canvas with mixed media and held shows at various institutions, cafes and universities in the cities of Chicago, New York, Boston and Indiana.

 

Shanoor continued to pursue his passion in art and graphic design when he became the CEO of his own design and photography firm, Devarj Design Agency, Inc in 1982. Because of his vast love in all areas of art, Shanoor began producing photographic paintings, photography, commercial photography and graphic design for advertising agencies and direct clients. In 1987 Shanoor won first prize in a professional photography competition held by Polaroid Corporation. He donated the photograph to the Global HIV/AIDS Organization victims.

 

Throughout the years, with a variety of knowledge and experience in painting, graphic design, photography, illustration, sculpting and digital imaging, Shanoor has developed a new art form, a bold marriage of media that celebrates the unexpected and provides unique visual expression to the spirit within. Shanoor terms this artistic language Neo-Symbolic Expressionism or Toto Coelo, which means “Extreme conditions.” Shanoor’s work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited internationally. He has appeared on Chicago Channels 11 and 56.

 

The emotional impact of Shanoor’s art touches all of humanity - from his home in the heart of America, to art enthusiasts from coast to coast. As an artist Shanoor stands proud and firm to defend freedom through his art. Shanoor believes that through unity we will find peace. Shanoor says, “It isn’t until two opposites unite where complete harmony transpires. It is when the dust settles, a new life begins.” Shanoor’s art portrays the continuous triumph of human spirit. 

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"Engine Port," Self-Portrait, '04

 

TOTO COELO

Neo-Symbolic Expressionism

 

“I take pride in the generosity of this country,” states Shanoor. “Although I was not born in the United States, I am grateful for what I have found here – a fertile land of love, hope, dreams and most importantly, freedom. My artwork is a reaction to the injustice so often shown toward humanity. It emphasizes my profound belief that you can’t take away freedom; it is a basic birthright of humanity.”

 

In the 1980s, he began creating art with a camera, using acrylic painting to underscore patterns on the negative images. His exploration of Toto Coelo, which began in the 1990s, continues today.

From his earlier endeavors to help AIDS victims and those fighting breast cancer to his visual meditation on freedom, Shanoor has always sought to take a stand on the events of our time, expressing his conviction in a way that both informs and inspires. His works have been exhibited internationally, and he has appeared on Channels 11 and 56. A recipient of numerous awards for his painting, murals, photography, branding and graphic design, Shanoor continues to seek new ways to express his creativity and spirit.

 "I believe Art is the essence of being. Through the gray ashes of 9/11 we continue towards life and hope. Through oneness we will find strength; through unity we find peace. When the dust settles a new life begins, we will always remember to uphold and cherish freedom." 

SHANOOR, 

of Armenian decent studied Creative Advertising Design in London, and continued his studies in film at the School of Art Institute in Chicago.

A renaissance man, known to many as a protégée child, Shanoor was involved in art shows and competitions and won countless awards. His work was selected to be featured in Children’s Museum of Armenia at age fifteen in 1965. His work was also exhibited in group shows at the museum Sursok and participated in group shows in Beirut, Lebanon by the German Cultural Association and at Gallery Contemporaine in 1974.

Following Shanoor’s move to Chicago in 1975, he yearned to be in the heart of the American culture. He joined Leo Burnett Chicago Advertising agency in 1976 as an art director and producer. He was involved in creating concepts for accounts including Kodak, Schlitz, and U.S. Saving Bonds. He also worked as a creative director at BBDO Chicago and Albert J. Rosenthal producing and designing within the advertising world. Concurrently, he continued to paint on canvas with mixed media and held shows at various institutions, cafes and universities in the cities of Chicago, New York, Boston and Indiana.

Shanoor continued to pursue his passion in art and graphic design when he became the CEO of his own branding firm, Devarj Design Agency, Inc in 1984. Because of his vast love in all areas of art, Shanoor began producing brands, logo design, graphic design, paintings and commercial photography for advertising agencies and direct clients. In 1987 Shanoor won first prize in a professional photography competition held by Polaroid Corporation. He donated the winning photograph to the Global HIV/AIDS Organization victims. Shanoor also has won national awards of excellence in branding, website design development and marketing collateral for the past nine years totaling 19 awards through Graphic Design USA, New York publication. 

Throughout the years, with a variety of knowledge and experience in painting, graphic design, photography, illustration, sculpting and digital imaging, Shanoor has developed a new art form, a bold marriage of media that celebrates the unexpected and provides unique visual expression to the spirit within. Shanoor terms this artistic language Neo-Symbolic Expressionism or Toto Coelo, which means “Extreme conditions.” Shanoor’s paintings have won numerous awards and has been exhibited internationally. He has appeared on Chicago Channels 11 and 56.

The emotional impact of Shanoor’s art touches all of humanity - from his home in the heart of America, to art enthusiasts from coast to coast. As an artist Shanoor stands proud and firm to defend freedom through his art. Shanoor believes that through unity we will find peace. Shanoor says, “It isn’t until two opposites unite where complete harmony transpires. It is when the dust settles, a new life begins.” Shanoor’s art portrays the continuous triumph of human spirit. 

TOTO COELO

Neo-Symbolic Expressionism

“I take pride in the generosity of this country,” states Shanoor. “Although I was not born in the United States, I am grateful for what I have found here – a fertile land of love, hope, dreams and most importantly, freedom. My artwork is a reaction to the injustice so often shown toward humanity. It emphasizes my profound belief that you can’t take away freedom; it is a basic birthright of humanity.”

In the 1980s, he began creating art with a camera, using acrylic painting to underscore patterns on the negative images. His exploration of Toto Coelo, which began in the 1990s, continues today.

From his earlier endeavors to help AIDS victims and those fighting breast cancer to his visual meditation on freedom, Shanoor has always sought to take a stand on the events of our time, expressing his conviction in a way that both informs and inspires. A recipient of numerous awards for his painting, murals, photography, branding and graphic design, Shanoor continues to seek new ways to express his creativity and spirit.

 

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