Pupil of the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins and study of high-smooth tapestry techniques from 1956 to 1961. At the same time, he perfected his drawing skills during the evening at the City of Paris higher school (Atelier Lesbonit). In 1961, he entered the Gobelins’ high-rail workshop and worked on cartoons by Chagall (Parliament of Jerusalem), Picasso (Papiers collés), Picart le Doux, Le Corbusier, Miro, Henri Georges Adam.
He left the Gobelins factory and settled in Trento, Italy, after a stay in Florence. He creates the “Aracne” workshop with Katia Pustilnicov, a former student of the Manufacture de Beauvais and the painter Paolo de Carli. 1968, he participates in the Venice Biennale (Italian Pavilion) with a tapestry executed after a cartoon by Paolo de Carli. 1969, he leaves to work in Switzerland in the Coffinet studio (Begnins) for the painter Hans Erni.
He returned to Paris in 1970 and created the “Arcane” workshop. Atelier Aracne created “Interpretations” Tapestries for Jean Picart le Doux, Caly, Pierre Szekely, Henri Georges Adam, Gilles Audoux, Irel, Braque, Georges Lardant. He also makes personal creations of tapestries, paintings, drawings and engravings. He won the silver medal at the National Labor Exhibition in 1982. 1992, he made the tapestry “Messengers of silence” (wool, altuglas, pewter and ceramic) for the Town Hall of Antony. At the same time, since 1986 Alain Aghaïan has been teaching tapestry in a social reintegration school in Bolzano, Italy.
A world born of scrapings of scrapings, of withdrawals strata after strata. He works by cutting, seeking the sapwood behind the bark, the real behind the appearance. Ripping, stripping the skin of things. The result is disturbing. Rich materials like lichens, mold crusts rust on the sides of beached ships.
(extract from an article by J. Delluegue about an exhibition at the Richard de Bas mill)