Sarkis Hamalbashian was born on 12 January, 1956 in Gyumri, Armenia. In 1975 he graduated from Panos Terlemezian Fine Art College in Yerevan, and The School of Fine Arts in Gyumri, Armenia.. Since 1978 he participated in national and international exhibitions in Yerevan, Japan, Germany, including solo exhibitions in London and Los Angeles. His paintings are displayed in the Modern Art Museum of Armenia and in private collections around the world.
In the 1980’s he emerged as one of the leading young artists who began to challenge Soviet norms. His work carried the imprint of the Italian early Renaissance, Russian iconography, the Russian new avant-garde, Armenian miniature painting and current developments in post-modern art in Armenia. During the post Soviet period, Sarkis emerged as one of the most important artists working in Armenia.