Born in Armenia, Haik Kocharian was introduced to the world of art in early childhood by his parents, both theater and film actors.
After three years of study at the Armenian Theater and Art Academy, he moved to New York City to pursue his artistic aspirations, and attended Brooklyn College, where he majored in photography and film.
Kocharian is an established fine art photographer. He exhibits widely and has held numerous solo photography exhibitions including:
2005 Debut Show, Village Quill Art Space, New York, NY
2006 New Work, Galerie Mourlot, New York, NY
2007 Isild Le Besco Series: The Early Years, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY
People and Space, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY (“spotlight” show)
2008 Single Moment, Appel Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2009 Walking The Way, 92Y Tribeca Art Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Through Their Eyes, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Haik Kocharian, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Solo exhibition and film screening, Landmark College, VT
2014 Solo exhibition, Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY (October 2014)
His group shows include the Museum of the City of New York and the International Center for Photography, among others.
Kocharian’s images may be found in corporate and private art collections worldwide, including Polo Japan, Ralph Lauren Paris, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A., among others. In 2008, Kocharian was named a finalist at the Smithsonian Magazine Annual Photo Competition.
Kocharian has written, directed and produced six short films: “Control Z,” “Haik Take a Hike,” “Williamsburger,” “Inhabitant,” “Flag,” and “Charlie,” which won the Thirteen/WNET Reel 13 Shorts Competition.
In 2012, Kocharian wrote and co-produced a feature length film, “Manhattan Romance,” a French – U.S. production starring Isild Le Besco and Jean-Marc Barr, which was screened at the 2013 ARPA International Film Festival in Los Angeles.
In 2013, he wrote, directed and produced his first feature film, “Please be Normal,” starring Oscar-nominated actor Sam Waterston, who appears alongside his daughter, Elisabeth Waterston, his son-in law, Louis Cancelmi, and Dana Eskelson. The film premiered at Monadnock International Film Festival in New Hampshire where it won the Audience Choice Award. The film was also part of the official selection of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia where it won the prestigious A Nuard Best Cinematography Award, as well as Special Jury Mention. “Please Be Normal” was also screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Cinema Marche, and will participate in the 2014 Toronto Film Festival Market and American Film Market in Los Angeles.
Kocharian is actively involved in charity work and, as a photographer, has collaborated with various non-for-profit organizations such as Meaningful World, a UN-affiliated NGO, in Burundi, Kenya, and Rwanda; African Services Committee in Ethiopia; Chodron Foundation in Nepal; and Self Help Africa and Faiths for Safe Water in New York City.
Kocharian is also a singer-song writer. He has produced three albums, “Heaven” in 2007, “Juice” in 2009, and “Children’s Album” in 2012, and has performed live on many stages throughout New York City, including his CD release concert of “Children’s Album” at Joe’s Pub (Public Theater).