|Born in Armenia in 1978, OninO has always been a good painter, but she was unclear about adopting art as a career choice. However, after her time in a specialized art school, OninO set eyes on the works of the Russian maestro, Torosijn Vagarshak. This triggered a massive change in the woman who was so inspired by the creative method of Toros (Vagarshak Torosyan) that she began taking up art genuinely. One cannot but discount the sizeable and immense influence of Toros in shaping the vocation of OninO as an independent artist who displays significant artistic potential of her own.
It shall be very prejudicial to term the influences of Toros on her paintings as simple imitation it was meant more as an absorption of similar systems, brush strokes and improving of one's thoughts that should be brought to the fore. OninO, who was specifically spellbound by the appealing and unusual faces of Toros, spent two years studying art under him in the United States. At this time, on the contrary, the teacher was successful in making her realize her unique manner and expand her creativity through the substantial variety of her work of art.
Any contrast made between a mentor and a protege can't be labeled as an imitation of art on any side. It is in fact a comprehension of the creative potential of each painter in attempting to highlight the creative finesse of each while remarking the external influences of the finished product.
As is predicatable, the influence of Toros is pretty perceptible in some of the earlier masterpieces of OninO. Though even in the later years she keeps a number of it, it's more on the latter portion of her artistic term when we can see the individuality of OninO as a painter. During the early phase, one sees resemblance particularly in the depiction of the characters, this includes the similar narrow faces, with curious facial expressions. A thorough glimpse however, shows that Torosijn Vagarshak's characters are either at times more realistic and at others, completely uncanny, while those of OninO's are somewhere in between. Interestngly enough, one gets the sensation that her characters are larger than in reality and more affluent and bold in their mannerisms.
One cannot help but ignore in both the creations of Vagarshak Torosjin's and OninO, the highlighting of the various types of hats that the characters wear. While the faces of Toros are devoid of hats (though the characters do don a hat in the other works), every work of OninO has the characters wearing some or the other style of colorful hat. In fact, all of OninO's hats are remarkable and they gain as much thought as the characters themselves.
Both however, maintain their influence of Cubism; OninO at times more than her master. Her flirtation with shapes is so cleverly demonstrated and so fine that one may miss out on it if not seen with a careful eye. The merging of natural factors and emotions into all of the paintings is one unique attribute of both Toros and OninO. However, while Vagarshak Torosjin stenly maintains barely any traces of feminist tendencies in his pieces, OninO's paintings are sated with them.
OninO's preference for romance, match making, celebrations and display of opulent living make her works have a distinctly different impression from that of Toros, who can be more associated with the two limits of make believe and realism. Similar to some other genres, both painters are somewhat asymmetrical in their choice of themes.
The intrepid brush strokes of Torosijn Vagarshak versus the more subtle ones of OniO's and a similar color palette are on the other hand, private preferences that come forefront while observing the two painters.
In the description of emotions within the imagery of their picture, whether hilarious or melancholic, love or excitement, antagonism or disappointment, the two painters expose ample proof of mastery. It is in this resemblance but personal presentation of creative ability and impressions that both the artists stand their own niche and OninO makes her proclamation as painter of huge caliber rather clearly felt.