Armeno-Egyptian artist (painter and composer) Hrant Minas Keshishian was born at Cairo on the 10th of April, 1947. Most of his ancestors were descended from Arabgir, a city in Ottoman Turkey. In around 1885-86 his paternal grandfather Hrant (1867-1932) migrated to Egypt in search of a better life.
In early 1974, Keshishian, who was at the moment an enthusiastic young man, of less than 27 years old, migrated to Soviet Armenia and settled in Yerevan, the capital. After a "relatively happy'' year, he experienced a psychological downfall, which was expressed in a work titled "The fall".
I can say that my life experience has a great effect on my works. With age, the shots get deeper, gain a more philosophical meaning. In Cairo, at first the artist had to regain his psychic balance and to surpass his psychic traumas inflicted to him during his “long” life in Armenia.