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Igor V.
Babailov
ARC Living Master™
American artist
Born in: Russia
Nationality:
American


Biographical Information

IGOR V. BABAILOV, M.F.A.

Master portrait and figurative artist, teacher, and spokesperson for the traditional school of classical realism, renowned artist, Igor V. Babailov, is a recipient of national and international competitions' awards and honors, and is a graduate of the acclaimed Surikov Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia.

A Master of Fine Arts, he has a strong belief in the Eternal Values offered by the artists of the Renaissance, which are Love and Respect for God's Creation, Appreciation of life's Harmony and Beauty without alterations, a knowledge of Anatomy, Perspective, Composition, Painting and Drawing Methods, and a must of the Drawing Skill, based on that Knowledge. Mr. Babailov says: "I love the life that surrounds me. I respect its history and I admire its future. To preserve it for our descendants the way it is, in its truth and beauty, is my duty and my goal as an artist."

Babailov's fine art education (1974-1990) belongs to the acclaimed Russian/European academic school of art. He is a third generation student of such masters as I. Repin, V. Serov, K. Korovin, and V. Favorskiy. They taught D. Kardovskiy, I. Grabar, A. Deineka, S. Gerasimov, famous artists who taught Mr. Babailov's professors. Babailov studied under renowned V. Zabelin, S. Andriaka, M. Kugach, I. Glazunov, V. Sherbakov, A. Kholmogorov, art historian M. Alpatov and other distinguished artists and professors of Fine Art.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Babailov has painted numerous portraits of social, business and political elite. Recent notable commissions include portraits of the President of The United States of America, President George W. Bush, The President of Russia, President V. Putin, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and Nelson Mandela. Painting multi-figured murals is traditionally recognized as the highest achievement of the artistic expertise. Mr. Babailov's uniqueness as an artist is evident in his large-scale mural-size works such as the historical painting of the Columbus voyage to the Americas which received national and international acclaim and which was featured in a number of magazines and publications. He is currently working on a large mural entitled "Who Has to Suffer ... and Why?", a multi-figured composition dedicated to the children - the future of humanity. He is author and director of an international historical panorama project, presently underway.

In 1996, he organized the first official delegation of North American artists to Russia in conjunction with the Russian Duma and the Union of Artists, and recently taught at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art. Last year, the Russian government published a book on his life and works and a North American book is in progress. His portrait studio is in Long Island, New York.

Websites:
  • www.ForeverValue.com
  • www.Portraits-America.com
  • The Igor Babailov Institute of Realism

    Personal Accolades

    "... marvelous portraits!... "
    Henry A. Kissinger


    "... Thank you again for the wonderful portrait…I was glad to hear that
    you were able to stop by the office to see the painting on display ..."
    Rudolph W. Giuliani
    Giuliani Partners


    "... Thank you for a wonderful portrait painting."
    Hillary R. Clinton


    "The best young painter I've come across in my lifetime... The Michelangelo of today!"
    Frank Military
    Warner Chappel Music, Inc.


    "... Babailov's paintings, particularly his portraits, embrace and strengthen our traditional values and love for life."
    Senator Michael Pitfield


    "... His work is definitely of museum quality. The full-length portrait of our debutante daughter hangs in our salon next to famous painters of the 17th Century such as Lucca Giordano, Mattia Preti, and Andrea Vaccaro. How fortunate we are to have among us such a wonderfully skilled artist."
    Ambassador & Mrs.Ramiro Ruggiero
    Rome, Italy


    "... I have known Mr. Babailov since he successfully completed my portrait in oil ... great talent, remarkable personality!"
    Robert "Bobby" Hull


    "Igor has a 'Mighty Gift'. His art is a 'wake-up call' - a spiritual awakening ... According to scripture, - 'If you don't believe in me, then believe in the works that I do'. Igor's work is the tangible proof that God exists."
    Joan Porth
    Christian Spiritual Consultant


    "... This inspirational work has greatly impressed me and without a doubt remains outstanding in every way."
    Dr. V. Roger Lalli

  • Portrait of President George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States of America

    Oil on canvas
    76.2 x 76.2 cm
    (30" x 30")
    Private collection

    Added: 2003-01-07
    Portrait of President George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States of America
    His Excellency V. V. Putin, The President of Russia

    Oil on canvas
    50.8 x 40.64 cm
    (20" x 16")
    Kremlin (Moscow, Russian Federation)

    Added: 2003-01-07
    His Excellency V. V. Putin, The President of Russia
    My Grandmother told me... 1937

    Oil on canvas
    208.28 x 149.86 cm
    (82" x 59")
    Private collection

    Added: 2002-01-22
    My Grandmother told me... 1937
    For Gold, God and Glory

    Oil on canvas
    177.8 x 200.66 cm
    (70" x 79")
    Private collection

    Added: 2002-01-22
    For Gold, God and Glory
    Portrait of Pope John Paul II

    Oil on canvas
    152.4 x 121.92 cm
    (60" x 48")
    Vatican Museums (Vatican, Holy See (Vatican City State))

    Added: 2004-01-11

    Privately sponsored, portrait of Pope John Paul II (Believe) was painted by Igor V. Babailov in commemoration of the World Youth Day. The creative research included references from the Vatican archives and Mr. Babailov was granted an Audience with the Pope and His Holiness's Blessing. It was presented to Pope John Paul II by His Excellency Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Ventura.

    "... Thank you for giving us the Pope younger in his appearance, because he IS young and strong in his spirit, surrounded by the youth who had followed him, always replying generously to his call for a life of faith and love...How many experiences, how many feelings reflect the expression of the symbolism which is found in this painting? It is impossible to put them all in words..."
    - Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Ventura

    Portrait of Pope John Paul II
    Back to School

    Oil on canvas
    60.96 x 50.8 cm
    (24" x 20")
    Private collection

    Added: 2002-01-22
    Back to School
    Dinner for two

    Oil on canvas
    76.2 x 60.96 cm
    (30" x 24")
    Private collection

    Added: 2002-01-22
    Dinner for two
    Leah

    Oil on canvas
    91.44 x 76.2 cm
    (36" x 30")
    Private collection

    Added: 2002-01-22
    Leah
    Mother's Love

    Oil on canvas
    116.84 x 83.82 cm
    (46" x 33")
    Private collection

    Added: 2002-01-22
    Mother's Love
    Old man with a cane

    Oil on canvas
    78.74 x 60.96 cm
    (31" x 24")
    Private collection

    Added: 2002-01-22
    Old man with a cane