Hazel Antaramian Hofman
Artist and Writer



MARCH 2017 Solo Exhibition at
Fig Tree Gallery 

Art Exhibition
Embroidered Mise-en-Scene

Window on to Kond, 2017

Acrylic on Canvas

Now showing at Fig Tree Gallery

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Fig Tree Gallery Shows

Shoes I and Shoes II, Fall 2015

Hazel Antaramian Hofman
Artist Member of Fig Tree Gallery
644 Van Ness Blvd
Fresno, CA  93721


644 Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, CA  93721

see Calendar for 2015 Activities

I Often Dream of Her 

2013 (No. 2 of 3 panels)

Photographs of 2015 Solo Exhibition Opening 
at Fig Tree Gallery (below)

Wishing Tree: Landscape I and II


See Archival Photographs for a better view of the repatriate family photograph collection. The Archival Photographs are a work in progress.  

Je suis ni Akhbar ni Hayastantsi

H. Antaramian Hofman


18" x 24"

Charcoal and Crayon on paper, with Overlay with ink and spray paint

My drawings and paintings symbolize the 'fragmentation' of displaced people, stemming from issues of cultural identity and the struggle to maintain the continuity of tradition.  

At the same time, the works are statements of hope, survival, and spirit.  These are the things that interest me the most.

See Gallery.

The Intersection of 
Art and Ethnography

PROJECT CONTINUES through the website and documentary film work of Versus Studio. http://www.hayrenadardz.org/en/



Notes to the Artist

"Dear Hazel,
Thanks, thanks for the great presentation [March 21, 2013] of a mostly sore subject for many of us.  It certainly brought back memories that have been dormant for years...[and] a subject that was chiefly dormant in our collective memory."

Zabel Chookaszian Melconian

1947 Repatriate from New York

Note received by artist on 26 March 2013


"Dear Hazel,
I have re-read your essay on 'Repatration and Deception'...you have been brilliant in finding a way to examine not only a personal history but in the larger context of a people's historical contextual search for fulfillment...I am fascinated by your accomplishments and offer my deepest respect and congratulations on your creative scholarship."

Jacquelin Pilar

Former Curator of Fresno Art Museum

Note received by artist on 28 March 2013


"Thank you, Hazel, for addressing this very important historical issue through your art and writings. I admire your scholarly research, diplomacy and creative approach to exploring the complexities of the Armenian repatriation. I look forward to your exhibition opening."

Jacqueline Domanian

Assistant Development Director

College of Arts and Humanities

California State University

Comments to artist on 20 March 2013


Images on this website are copyright.  
All Rights Reserved, Hazel Antaramian Hofman, 2012.

  • 1947 American-Armenian Repatriates at the Hotel Diplomat in New York (left side of original image)
    1947 American-Armenian Repatriates at the Hotel Diplomat in New York (left side of original image)
  • 1947 American-Armenian Repatriates at the Hotel Diplomat in New York (right side of original image)
    1947 American-Armenian Repatriates at the Hotel Diplomat in New York (right side of original image)
1947 American-Armenian Repatriates at the Hotel Diplomat in New York (left side of original image)
1947 American-Armenian Repatriates at the Hotel Diplomat in New York (left side of original image)

Above is the Artist's Response to the History of the Repatriation.  After the beautiful music of Gomitas is finished, please take a moment to view the audio-video above.


Winter 2016

Follow Progress of 
Research and Project


Track 9

Image and Text of Post-World War II Armenian Repatriation

PHOTO BELOW:  American-Armenians Bobby Maynazarian (left), Paul Antaramian (center), Johnny Kadekian (right) sailing from New York to Soviet Armenia on the Rossiya in 1947.  Photo courtesy of Paul Antaramian.  Copyright 2012.

I am fascinated by the historic migration of humans, both forced and voluntary, and the cross-cultural aspects of such social issues.  As a young child I never fully understood my place within this anthropological phenomenon, that is, being born in the Soviet Union to an American-Armenian father and a French-Armenian mother at the height of the cold war.  I have now come to address this part of who I am, through the lives of the post-World War II Armenian repatriates.  My project documents the historic and ethnographic path of Armenians in the Diaspora from the 1940s to the 1960s.  While my parents came from the United States and France, other families came from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, China, among other countries.  

My work is multifaceted, in that it encompasses writingstudio art, and lecture presentations, all inspired by the history of the repatriation, including collected ethnographic photographs and stories from my personal interviews.  I am humbled to hear the stories from those who experienced this time of history and lived under the ruthless regime of Josef Stalin.  During interviews, I am emotionally moved when I see tears in the eyes of repatriates recounting their stories.  These are the young children and youthful adults, who, at the time, were compelled to leave their hometowns with their families to an unknown Sovietized Armenia.  The movement was not necessarily a "repatriation" since hardly any were born in the small fragment of  Armenia that remained.  Many of those who responded to nationalistic appeals in the late 1940s, which were made by repatriation committees and other organizations, fled the Ottoman Empire during the turn of the 20th century.  Their nostalgic gesture to uproot their "diasporan" families to the land they thought was ancient Armenia was met with despair: psychologically, spiritually, economically, and physically.  


This website is a work in progress with the on-going task of providing additional excerpted video interviews of repatriates, along with more archival photographs, artwork, and links to other sources on the subject.  The site also informs interested viewers about upcoming events, including lecture presentations, exhibitions of my work, and future plans on the historical and ethnographic documentation of the post-World War II Repatriation to Soviet Armenia.

The following provides a brief description of the lecture presentation associated with this project.  Please feel free to contact me about it and include "repatriation lecture" in the subject line:  [email protected]

Artist and Lecturer: Hazel Antaramian Hofman, M.A., M.Sc.

Approximate Time: 60 minutes

Presentation Format and Content: Illustrated PowerPoint/Video format, the lecture of the ethnographic history of the post-WWII Armenian Repatriation is primarily comprised of selected accounts and biographical information from interviews of surviving repatriates, selected black and white photographs, and archival material.  As an artist, I respond to this history with art, music, but most of all, with the stories and images that I have collected from interviews of repatriates. I use these sources to provide the audience with a unique understanding and appreciation of early cultural life in Soviet Armenia from those who directly experienced this little known historical event during the final years of Stalin's grip on the country.