Arlene Cartozian is both an artist and art educator. She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, she taught art in the public schools as well as 25 years at California State University, Long Beach where she had earned a masters degree in fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture. Her interest in sculpture isn’t an accident. As a child and young adult she drew, painted and modeled clay with passion. Relatives often attributed her talent to a cousin, Haig Patigian, a San Francisco civic sculptor during the early 20th century.
Cartozian’s abstract work is powerful in form and rich in texture while concepts for her figurative sculptures carry narrative themes that vary in both material and scale. Using traditional methods and subjects, she has produced several public sculptures within the City of Paramount, Downey, Signal Hill and Newport Beach, California.
In addition to creating sculpture, she draws and paints the inspirations that come from travels as well as the immediate images that surround her in her daily life. As a member of the Southern California Plein Aire Painters, she uses the inspirations from the rich local landscapes and in her studio, prefers the brilliant colors in colorful fruits and vegetables.
She continues to teach drawing with expertise initiated through her association with Dr. Betty Edwards, author of the best selling book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. As Edwards’ first protégé, she team taught drawing at CSULB and has continued her affiliation with The University as a supervisor of student teachers. Workshop/Seminars in both drawing and sculpture have been offered at Stanford, Harvard, the UC and CSU campuses and various venues throughout the U.S. Canada, Japan, and Europe.