1987 to 2020
Bistango Gallery Restaurant is located in the magnificent Atrium Building in Irvine, California. It was designed by renowned Venice-based architect Michael Carapetian as both an art gallery and a restaurant. The day Bistango was inaugurated in November, 1987, it celebrated its first curated, museum quality art exhibit. Thirty-three years have passed and Bistango has hosted more than 120 exhibits, showcasing the amazing creativity of more than a thousand artists, both from Orange County and around the world. The guiding constants over the years are proprietor John Ghoukassian's love of art and the guiding presence of gallerist/curator Antoinette A. Sullivan. They have staged three to four rotating exhibits every year, presenting an eclectic mix of styles and media from master, midcareer and emerging artists. These, to mention just a few, include Lita Albuquerque, Eric Orr, Ladie John Dill, Michael Flechtner, Dean Gerrie, Carlo Marchiori, Peter Max, Stanley Moss, Frank Dixon, Mark Leysen, Ray Jacob, Paul Bond, Andre Miripolsky, Palo Uber, Russell Jacques and Vladimir Atanian.

New Art Exhibition

Bistango kicks off a museum-quality art exhibit, featuring local Orange County artists

IRVINE, CALIF. (August 2020) – Bistango Restaurant is excited to announce the opening of its newest art exhibit, running through late fall. The exhibition, which features the works of local and international artists, is available via private showings by appointment and restaurant guests walking through. Facial coverings are required.

Usually a behind-the-scenes force, Diana Ghoukassian, the matriarch of the family of restaurateurs, steps into the forefront with her art gallery showcase, putting together a show featuring original and limited-edition artworks by more than 30 different artists. There are pieces by pop artists such as Peter Max, Wayne Thiebaud, and Tom Wesselman, by painters Paul Jenkins, Josef Presser, Roberto Cortázar, and Dennis Paul Noyer, by photographers Herb Ritts and Marc Riboud, as well as by impressionist artist Varuzhan. Highlighted are works by local Orange County artists such as Chris Gwaltney, Marge Chapman, Sally Glen, Donald Karwelis, and James Strombotne. All art will be available for acquisition at Bistango during the duration of the showing.

It's no surprise Diana Ghoukassian has found a lifelong passion in art – the family's history is entrenched in it, reflected in both Bistango and Bayside's motto – "Dining As Art." She has spent her adult life soaking in anything she could, taking classes, studying art, photographing, and collecting. Her eclectic taste has led her to buy anything that she considered "art" - never worrying about what was "in" or out, nor was price ever her yardstick. When her collection became overwhelmingly large in 2012, she took steps to downsize. Thus, her physical gallery, located adjacent to the restaurant, and her online gallery was born. She now has a worldwide audience with her France-based online gallery, and her collectors and collections have continued to grow.

"So much for my idea of downsizing," she said. "I look forward to bringing my hidden gem of a collection to the art lovers of Orange County. Bistango's space is a perfect, quiet place to present these amazing pieces, by artists who are fascinating in their own ways."

True to her principle, the art featured in this showcase spans a wide price range and spans genres, from very rare posters to abstracts, nudes, impressionism, portraits and more.

For more information please visit and follow along on Instagram (@bistango_irvine) and on Facebook. To book an appointment for the art show, or for more information about art consignment with the gallery, please email