Hripsime Simonyan was born in 1916 in Kars. In 1945 she graduated from the Tbilisi Art academy, majoring in sculpture, minor ceramics (several Professors Y. Nicoladze, S. Kobuladze). From 1956 she took over the position of head of ceramics department of the Yerevan State Art and Theatre institute, from 1977 she has been awarded with a professor degree. In 1945, she started the department of applied arts within the Armenian Painters’ (Artist) Association, which she led until 1975. When the Yerevan Crystal factory launched mass production of crystals, Hripsime designed a series of miniatures and tableware sets. Her creative development went from porcelain and clay miniatures, to pottery vessels with architectural forms as well as large clay sculptures which are currently decorating public and municipal buildings, streets and parks of Yerevan and Moscow.
Ripsime Simonyan is the founder of Armenian applied art. Armenia is expressed through Ripsime’s art through the shape and coloring of her ceramics, in the characteristics of the ornaments and in the images which form the basis of her works. In her art Ripsime Simonyan also touches upon the literature of Armenia: the national myths and legends, the poetry of Sayat-Nova and of Hovhannes Tumanyan, the delicate and rich lyrics of Avetik Isahakyan, the passionate world of Eghishe Charents’ images.
Simonyan connects her art with well-known artistic figures and created a whole gallery of portrait statues of Aram Khachaturian, Konstantin Saradzhev, Avetik Isahakyan, Stepan Zoryan, Zenaida Pally, Ruben Paronyan and others from 1950–1958.