Arman Tateos Manookian was an artist born to a family of Christian Armenians in Istanbul. In 1915, a young Arman (given name Tateos) and his immediate family witnessed and survived the horrors of the Medz Yeghern, or the Armenian Genocide, before fleeing to the United States. Talented from a young age, Arman soon graduated from a school of design in Rhode Island, enlisted in the US Marine Corps, and found himself honorably discharged in Hawaii at the age of 22, where he began producing the most important work of his life painting the peoples and locales of those islands.
In his short life, Arman produced about 31 oil paintings, 75 ink drawings for an unpublished military history book, and various other murals and advertisements. His work has caused him to be recognized by the State as “Hawaii’s Van Gogh.” Arman died in his home in 1931, only 27 years old. His best work now resides in two museums in Honolulu. Credit for these images goes to (x).