Zadik Zadikian is an Armenian artist and furniture designer who was born in 1948.
In Yerevan, he studied sculpture, and in Rome, he studied at the Academy.
He escaped the Soviet Union by swimming the Araks River in 1967. He lived in Istanbul and Beirut for a while. He moved to New York in 1974. Early on, his work resembled sculptural clay bits discovered in prehistoric investigations. His 1975 installation at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, New York, 1,000 Bricks Gilded in 22 Carat Gold Leaf, demonstrated a fascination in gold leaf, which he later employed on his furniture pieces. He began designing functional goods in 1987, including the huge Nina sofa and sensuous circular Regina chairs. The furniture was moulded in plaster from a clay model and gilded with marbleized gold leaf.
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