Growing up in Soviet Armenia, Arbe received recognition for his talent very early in life. In fact, his first exhibition was at the age of 12. Some of his work after graduation from the University of Art & Design in Yerevan, Armenia included classical portraits, landscapes, murals, signs, and public building facades. His later original pieces have been collected throughout the United States.
Arbe’s originals are primarily oil on canvas, but he also incorporates a variety of other media into his work, creating a metallic texture in the abstract backgrounds of many of his paintings. By using gold and silver leaf, he creates intricate patterns and textures that give his art a third dimension.
His work is often a mixture of classical and modern, while others reach back into his Armenian history and are influenced by biblical themes, legends, and iconography. His body of work is filled with romance and drama, music and love.