KIRAZ'S BIOGRAPHY

Kiraz always had a passion for drawing. He began his artistic work very early, and published his first political cartoons at the age of 17 for newspapers such as « Image », « Parade », « La Réforme d’Alexandrie » and « Al Moussavar», under the signature of « Kiraz ».

Kiraz went from Cairo to Paris in 1946 and began with sketches for the newspaper « La Bataille » (1950-1951). He then continued in « le Rouge et le Noir » (1951-52), « Samedi Soir » (1952-1954), and « Ici Paris » (1955-1959) where he created sketches for the series titled « Carnets de Belles ». During this after-war period, Kiraz spent time with fellow-cartoonists such as Peynet, Effel, Bellus, Faizant, Bosc, Chaval, Aldebert, Dubout, ...

In 1959, Marcel Dassault whose eye had already been seduced by Kiraz's drawings in « Ici Paris » asked him to create a new series called « Les Parisiennes » for his newly launched newspaper « Jours de France ». This is how Kiraz's famous « Parisiennes » came to life. These young, cheeky, elegant, clever, mischievous and timeless women. Until 1987, Kiraz will publish two black and white pages as well as one color page a week, representing about 25 000 drawings.

Although Kiraz's reputation was definitely made by « Jours de France », his « Parisiennes » will nevertheless keep on charming not only France through newspapers such as « Gala », « Paris Match », « Vogue » or « Glamour », but also Spain in « ABC hebdomadaire » and « Hola », and Italy in « Grazia ».

Since 1970, at Hugh Hefner's express request, Kiraz's « Parisiennes » are published monthly in « Playboy ».

Kiraz began publishing albums as of the 1950's.

Many advertising companies such as « Perrier », « Canderel », « Loto », « Parker », « Renault », « Scandale », « Gaston De Lagrange », « Monoprix » « Nivea » et lately « Serendipity » brand at the Sony Plaza in Japan have used his « Parisiennes ».

For the bigger fans, one must also remember the dolls, effigies of his work made by Birgé-Jopo in 1967, or the cover of dozens of books illustrated with a « Parisienne ».

The canvases Kiraz has painted of his « Parisiennes » were exposed in several galleries in France an abroad.

Edmond Kirazian is originally Armenian, but born in Cairo, Egypt on August 25th 1923, where he was raised until he came to Paris in the mid 1940's.