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 Boxer on the Canvas: Gregory
 Orduyan's Show Opens Today
 NEW YORK, NY - One-time Armenian golden gloves
champ-tumed-painter Gregory Orduyan will open his show of
Oils and Acrylics, which consists of 10 works on canvas, on
May 26 The show will run until June 30 at the Crosby Painting
Studio, 31 Crosby Street, here in SoHo.
Even in the long and quirky history of art, Gregory Orduyan's
pedigree is unusual. When Orduyan was 16 years old, he was
living in Moscow and winning amateur boxing titles that
seemed destined to lead him to Olympic gold. But painting
won out over pugilism, and after Orduyan, now 30, emigrated
to America, he began devoting himself to the creation of mus-
cular figurative forms that have led to increasing recognition
through shows from New York to California, and even
Not that Orduyan has abandoned the "sweet science" in his
quest for beauty. The 6-foot 3-inch heavyweight regularly
works out at the Gladiators Training Academy near his San
'Francisco home, and, in fact, he finds his two vocations comple-
ment each other.
"There's this stereotype that all artists are a bunch of sis-
sies," says Orduyan. "When people see my work, they can't
believe how masculine it is, how much energy is there. And
when I'm at the gym, if I tell someone I'm an artist, they can't
believe it."
Orduyan uses his energy to design computer games for
KONAMI Computer Entertainment. He "has distinguished
himself as a leading designer in the field of computer graphic
arts," said Masahiro. Ueno, vice-president of KONAMI, the
computer games giant and a fan of Orduyan's work.
A love of cityscapes led Orduyan to complete a series of
views of the streets of New York, and these paintings will be
on display in his current show. Orduyan's prior New York shows
included: ASA Artists' Ball, Puck Building; 12 Chairs Gal-
lery, Gallery 33; Spring Studio Anniversary exhibitions, and
the Mix Co. Gallery. An exhibition of Orduyan's charcoal life
drawings is also currently on display at Spring Studio in SoHo
through June 30.
There will be an opening reception at Crosby Painting Stu-
dio, located at 33 Crosby Street, on Saturday, May 26, from
5-8 pm. Gallery hours are 4-6 p.m., Tuesday through Thurs-
day, or by appointment.
His other one-man show in SoHo, NY currently continues at
Spring Studio, 64 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012.