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An example of work by Igor V. Babailov
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|The following biography of Igor V. Babailov was submitted January 2005 by Ann C. Lemire, art collector.|
A native of Russia, Igor Babailov has an artistic background that began in his early childhood. Although he painted portraits of friends when he was only four years old, he commenced formal schooling when he was ten at a local preparatory art school. Upon graduation, Babailov was selected in a nationwide competition to attend Moscow's School of Fine Art where he decided to become a classical portrait artist.
Babailov's fine-art education continued at the Surikov Academy for Fine Arts in Moscow, earning his Master of Fine Arts within five years. Upon graduation, he was officially commissioned to paint the portrait of Nikita Khruschev's granddaughter, Natasha.
Babailov then moved to North America, where he established himself as a portrait painter in both Montreal, Canada; and Miami, Florida. A portrait painted by Babailov is in the White House Collection.
1997 The Merit Award - Realism '97 USA & Canadian Art Competition
1994 Grand Prize Winner, American Society of Portrait Artists Competition
1993 Outstanding Achievement in Portrait Painting, National Portrait Seminar presented by John Howard Sanden & American Artist Magazine
1989 First Prize Winner - Annual Drawing Competition - Surikov Academy for Fine Arts (Moscow, Russia)
1990 Master of Fine Arts Degree, Moscow Surikov Academy for Fine Arts
1983 Fine Arts Diploma and High School Diploma, Moscow Surikov School for Fine Arts
1979 Diploma, School #2, Glazov, Russia
1979 Certificate, Art School, Glazov, Russia
LECTURES & DEMONSTRATIONS (selected list)
1999 Florence Academy of Art - Florence, Italy
(instruction on Figure Painting in Oil, Summer Program)
2000, 1997, 1996 West Coast Portrait Society - California, USA
1995 American Society Of Portrait Artists - USA
1994 Ontario College of Art - Canada
1996 Organized First official delegation of American Artists to Russia with the conjunction of DUMA and the Russia's Union of Artists
Commisssioned to paint portraits of President George Bush, President Putin of Russi, Rudolph Giuliani and English Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & BENEFITS
1999 Art Auction - Unicorn Children's Foundation, Palm Beach, FL (Benefit)
1999 Solo Exhibition, Ogilvy's Ltd.
1999, 1998, 1997 Art Auction - Alzheimer Society (Benefit)
1999 Annual Exhibition of Portrait Brokers of America Inc. conference
1996 Solo Exhibition, HEIM America at Fisher Island Gallery, Florida
The Collection of The White House
Boston Eye & Ear Hospital
Central Armed Forces Museum of Russia
National Bank of Canada
President of Russia, V. Putin
Natasha, granddaughter of Nikita Khruschev
Charter Member, Portrait Institute, New York, N.Y.
Member, American Society of Portrait Artists
Portrait Society of America, Inc.
Senior Member, Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists
American Society of Portrait Painters
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