Sculptor Nelson Afian was born in Yerevan, Armenia on October 6, 1979. Coming from a family of artists, Nelson has followed in the historical practices begun by his grandfather a master stonecutter. Raised among his brothers and uncles who work as jewelers, painters and architects, Nelson has a long history of exposure and experience in traditional art forms that he has incorporated into his own unique style and technique in developing modern sculptures and artistic works.
Having discovered Nelson's talents at an early age, authorities placed Nelson in a special school for artists and in 1994 enrolled him in the prestigious State Kharkov Art College in the Ukraine at age 14.
Upon completion of his education with honors, Nelson was admitted to the famous Russian Imperial Academy of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, where, with distinction, Nelson earned both his Masters and Doctorate in Art. In 2003 the Academy awarded Nelson the coveted Gold Medal and an honorary certificate of excellence for his success and achievements. In the same year, Nelson Afian awarded scholarship trip to Italy as the best student of the Faculty of Sculpture.
2005 Admitted to the highly prestigious Russian Artists Association St. Petersburg.
Having been recognized as one of today's most accomplished sculptors and designers, Nelson was chosen in 2003 as the official sculptor for the renowned International Music Festival 'Palaces of St. Petersburg'. Nelson's statuette "Muse" is the symbol of the festifal and is awarded each year to remarkable people for their contribution to the world culture.
In 2006 Nelson earned a Masters degree from the Russian Academy of Arts
Today Nelson Afian continues creating new designs and developing projects for municipalities, government entities, private individuals and other organizations. Nelson's clients include the City of St. Petersburg, the City of Moscow, the Russian Federation, the Armenian Apostolic Church, Jewish and Greek commune in Europe, building companies, Russian and USA corporation and others. Nelson also likes working with his students teaching them secrets of realistic art in sculpture, painting and drawing.
Nelson continues ahead with his ideas and vision of creating new and inspiring sculptures, drawings and designs. Dr.Afian is also developing new technologies of bronze casting as well as 3-D graphics and animation. He looks forward to working with individuals and organizations and he welcomes inquiries for participation in artistic projects world wide.