[R. 2 (15).9.1906, Tbilisi].
Soviet painter, people's artist of the USSR (1969), full member AH the USSR (1953). Member of the CPSU since 1948.
He studied at the Tbilisi Academy of arts (1924-1929) at the E. E. Lanceray and E. tatevosian.
Author of paintings on historical and revolutionary themes, portraits and landscapes.
Works: "Speech of S. M. Kirov in the 17th party Congress" (1935, Moscow Kremlin Museum); portraits of A. Isahakyan (1940, gallery of Armenia, Yerevan), Stalin (1945, Tret gallery; State prize of the USSR, 1946); "power to the Soviets - peace to the Nations" (with co-authors; 1950, Ulyanovsk regional art Museum; State prize of the USSR, 1951); "on the Eve of the October revolution" (1970-73, Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow). Awarded the order of Labor red banner and medals.
(1906, Tbilisi – 1993, Moscow).
Master of the ceremonial portrait. He also worked in the genres of landscape and still life. Member of the Academy of arts of the USSR. People's artist of the USSR. Winner of the Lenin prize in 1982 for a series of paintings devoted to V. I. Lenin, winner of the Stalin prize in 1946 for portrait of Joseph Stalin (1945), and 1951 for his film "power to the Soviets – peace to the Nations" (1950). He studied at the Tbilisi Academy of arts at E. E. Lansere (1924 - 1929). In 1931 he moved to Moscow. In the works of D. Nalbandian Soviet period was dominated by historical-revolutionary theme and the so-called "official" portrait. During his long creative life created portraits of many party functionaries (including Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev), for which he received in artistic environment the unofficial title of the "first brush of the Politburo." For a group portrait figures of the Armenian culture "Vernatun" (1974-1976) was awarded the 1978 gold medal of the USSR art Academy. His personal exhibitions took place in Finland, Germany, France, Moscow.
Works of the artist are in the Tretyakov gallery and other leading museums. A self-portrait of the artist from 1982 is in the Uffizi gallery (Florence).