Dro Arzooian “darzoo” - Los Angeles
Born into an artistic household, “darzoo” was already well equipped to succeed in all mediums of art. While both parents were prominent in their respective fields it was only a matter of time before the young “darzoo” was able to showcase his own talents. At the age of three, the Arzooian family moved from Germany to Iran where his artistic talents developed, showcased and even nationally recognized. In his youth “darzoo” worked at Alik, a renowned newspaper in the Armenian community of Iran at the youth division, demonstrating his remarkable skills in illustrations and layout design.
By the time “darzoo” enrolled in University to study graphic design, his illustrations and artwork was receiving critical acclaim, winning him multiple awards including a National award recognizing “darzoo” as the Best Illustrator in the Country. The recognition caught the attention of Saba, a company known for animation and cartoons. Once he joined their creative team he was responsible for developing cartoon character concepts, background design and layouts for 3 of their major motion pictures. His character designs won competitions in: Korea, Italy, Turkey and also in Iran.
In the late 90’s “darzoo” was contracted by the Iranian Ministries to design public murals, national calendars and the design of presidential awards.
His most recent masterpiece completed shortly before he left Iran in 2000, which is on a permanent display in VANK museum in Esfahan, Iran, is a 20 feet wide by 7 feet tall map of Armenia, Turkey & Iran, made of Bronze, glass, wood and lighting fixtures.
Presently, “darzoo” lives in the United States with an established business, Artzoman Design, where he fuses functional art with interior design. In 2008, he participated at the Art Expo in New York and currently showcases his paintings in several art galleries internationally.