The Caves and Karst Art Contest by the European Speleological Federation FSE; winners announced on the 4th June 2022

Shahinyan, Samvel M.


Personal data: was born in 1954.04.06 in Gyulagarak village, Stepanavan Region, Armenia.
Degree: 1977 – Graduated from the Geophysics sector of the Department of Geology, Yerevan State University, qualification of geologist-geophysicist engineer; 2008 – Defended a Ph.D thesis in Architecture; 2015 – Defended a Dr.S (Doctor of Science) in Architecture; 2016 – Awarded the title of a Docent (Associate Professor), geodetic protection; 2007 – to present, Chair of Geo-ecology and bio-security at Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction (renamed National University of Architecture and Construction since 2013); 2021 – Awarded the title of a Professor of Geo-ecology.

Marital status: Married, have two children.
Main interests: Geo-ecology, speleology, geology, history of culture and architecture, ancient and medieval urban engineering, social ecology, political science.
Social / political activity: 1990-1995: Member of Supreme Council (Parliament) of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic (the Republic of Armenia since 1992),
Chair of the Standing Committee of Nature Protection and and Natural Resources;1992-1996: Secretary, Vice Chairman of the Committee of Ecology of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly; 1992-1996: Member of the Presidium and Administration of the Italian parliamentary Radical Party; 1991-1994: Member of GLOBE Europe; 1992-2010: Member of the National State political party, leader of the party in 1994-97 and in 1998-2010; 1996-2004թթ. Member of the Supreme Council parliamentary club; 1990: Founder, Coordinator/Chairman of Yerkrapah Volunteer Union.
Scientific Social activity: 2016-17: Member of professional (architecture) board of SQC (Supreme Qualification Committee); 1985-2010: Member of the Scientific
Board of the Armenian Geographic Society; 1984-2017: Chairman of the Armenian Speleological Center; 2002-2007: Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Ecological
Magazine of Armenia; 1994-2000: Founder of Shrjan newspaper.
Culture & Art activity: 2018: Honored Member of the RA Union of Painters; 1977-1997: Member of the Art Fund of Armenia; 1980-1992: Member of Art Fund of
USSR; 1978: People’s Master of Armenia; 1976-2010: Published short stories, poems, articles in Garun, Yerekoyan Yerevan, Sovetakan Hayastan, Hayastani
Hanrapetutyun, Echmiadzin, Handes Amsorya, Nartsis, Arvest, Kerparvest periodicals, as well as articles dedicated to art and culture in research magazines in
Estonia, Lithuania, Ireland. Published also Fairy Tales for Ashkhenik collection and collection of poems, Lord, ain’t I your child, and collections of stories, Moss and
Bitterness of Tormaka Monastery
and Our Hearts open in Front of Closed Doors; 1978-2009: Author of over 100 TV programs, including four programs within
Hayer (“Armenians”) series and three within Vardanank series; 2005-2017: Over 10 research papers on ancient and medieval urban engineering published in
international periodicals and research conferences; 2019: Personal exhibition in Union of Painters of Armenia.

The Ghosts of The Cave

Oil on canvas, 40 x 50cm, 2021

A mother and son lived in a cave village in Syunik. Their cave apartment was quite far from the village. But they always had a lot of guests. People always were coming to them for the advices, when they were sick, sad or puzzled.
The mother was healing them, while the the son was giving advices about how to handle the land, how to sow and reap. One day the nomadic tribes attacked that land and massacred all the villagers. Mother and son were waiting for the visitors for a long time. But there was no one to come. So, the mother and son neither ate bread nor drank water, until they have became the transparent ghosts.
They still stay in that Cave of Ghosts, and they have been waiting for all the people who are waiting for help.

The Petroglyph of The Tree of Life

Paper, pencil, ink, oil paint, 30 x 40cm, 2022

The stone age symbols. Mystery of Symbols

Rite, Mystery In The Sacred Spring Cave

Oil on canvas, 40 x 50cm, 2022

From time immemorial, Armenians have worshiped water such as like the sun, trees and soil. Some caves and even cave sanctuaries, and temples have been preserved from that epoche. Everyone could worshipe there, but at certain holidays only women entered there.

Dark Mountain Petroglyphs In Artsakh

Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, 2022

Stone age symbols.