Arsene Chabanian was born in Erzurum,
where he began his primary education. He went to Italy for his education and graduated from Murad
Rafaelian School in Venice. After the education in Venice he decided to follow his painting career and went to Crimea to see and meet Aivazovsky. Later on he went to France, where he became a famous painter and a student of famous French painters like Jean Paul Laurens.