A famous Soviet artist of Armenian origin, the creator of historical paintings, master of portrait. He was portraying both political leaders and cultural celebrities of his time for which reason he was nicknamed "The First brush of Politburo from Stalin to Brezhnev".
Also worked in the genres of landscape and still-life. Full member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1953). People’s artist of the USSR (1969). Winner of the Stalin prize (1946, 1951), the Lenin prize (1982). Studied at the Tbilisi Academy of arts under E. Lancere (1924-1929). Moved to Moscow in 1931. Was awarded the gold medal of the USSR Academy of arts for a group portrait of Armenian cultural figures – “Vernatun” in 1978. Nalbandyan's works are presented at the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow).