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Hratch Israelian was born June 7, 1956, in Yerevan, Soviet Armenia (former USSR). He Pioneered a new painting method in 1972. His work identified with Soviet Nonconformist Art. Soviet art circles considered his new method as a painting style and its significant potentials were ignored. In 1980, Israelian emigrated to the United States and the Ministry of Culture of the USSR gave official permission to Export 115 of his paintings which went through intense scrutiny for possible espionage. Israelian invented a new painting process that manually produces maximum speed, size and quality, with minimal cost and labour. In 1996 Israelian started writing an epic poem, called "Bread and Wine.” From 2002, Israelian worked on the staging of his epic poem through 3D animation by creating all 100 characters as high-resolution digital sculptures.