Hovik’s Biography

Hovik Khodabakhshian was born in 1943.  He is largely a self-taught artist, having received only an eight-month
course of  instructions from the Art Instruction School of Minneapolis in 1990. He completed his master’s degree in civil
and structural engineering at Graz Technical University, Austria, in 1973.  Hovik and his family have resided in Glendale, California since 1978.

He began painting in the 1990’s and exhibited in with the Eagle Rock and Verdugo Hills Art Associations.

After retirement in 2004 Hovik committed full-time to his painting; fuelled by his love of nature and the aesthetics of structural design. 

His sources of artistic inspirations come from the natural landscapes and the renowned impressionists of the early 20th Century that captured the essence of this beauty.

His insight is drawn from such masters as Cézanne and Monet, in addition to the eminent plain-air painters of California such as Edgar Payne and Maurice Braun.  

Hovik is especially talented at expressing the vibrant hues of dusk and dawn and in capturing the movement of water through a landscape and seascape. When asked why he paints , he offered “I paint because it brings me joy and I paint landscapes, seascapes and flowers, because I revere thebeauty of Mother Nature.” Hovik is married to Hermine (an accomplished mosaic artist), his wife of 51 years.  Together they spend their days in their studio creating new works of art.

He paints under the pen name of Hovik Koda after 2008.