About Sam Aleks.
Samvel Aleksanyan (Sam Aleks) is an Armenian born American artist working in Los Angeles, CA. Sam was born on May 6th, 1993 in Yerevan, Armenia. On September 5th, 2001, he moved to the United States with his immediate family. He has lived in Los Angeles and maintained an active interest in both visual art and literature ever since.
Sam began studying art under artist, Andranik Daibyan at the age of 14. In 2011, he graduated from East Valley High School and began attending California State University, Northridge. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature (Honors) in May, 2016 and a Master’s Degree in English (Creative Writing) in May, 2018.
Photo Credit: Zara Alina
Voyage LA Interview.
Sam was interviewed by Voyage LA on January 7th, 2019. This excellent magazine is dedicated to exploring the creative and professional lives of Los Angeles residents. During the interview, he was given the opportunity to discuss his background as an artist and what motivates him to create.
“The creative process for me represents a separate experience from that of everyday life. For the brief moment, while I’m painting, I feel disconnected from reality and entrenched completely into the process itself. The reason only comes into my work when I am drawing from a source or working on a commission piece. Otherwise, my process is completely intuitive – I move my hand and something is produced, sometimes I surprise myself.”
Shoutout LA Interview.
Sam was interviewed by Voyage LA again on April 29, 2021 as part of their Shoutout LA series. This interview explores Sam’s desire to begin his creative career and the many influences that have played a role in shaping who he is as an artist.
“I’m proud of my consistency and proclivity toward experimentation. I think a lot of artists today set limits on their work to fit into a particular niche. I’ve thus far resisted doing so. Maybe I haven’t found my voice yet or maybe it’s constantly changing? I’m not sure, but I’m happy that I’m able to create whatever I want and still get the reception I do.”