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Panos Terlemezian was a former fighter and painter, who was born in 1865. He graduated from the local school in Van, where he later taught art, then joined the revolutionary movement against the absolutist regime and was inprisoned. He escaped from prison in 1890s and fled to Tblisi. In 1895 he went to St. Petersburg, Russia and enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts.Panos Terlemezian played an important part after 1917 in establishing Soviet Armenian school of painting and founding the first art institute in the Soviet Armenia.
Armenian Painters in the Ottoman Empire