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Igor Babailov PhotoRenowned American and international portrait and figurative artist, scholar and spokesperson for the traditional school of classical art, Igor V. Babailov, M.F.A. painted his first portrait at the age of four. He is a recipient of national and international competitions, awards and honors, and is a master of fine art graduate of the world acclaimed Surikov Academy of Fine Arts. His fine art education (1974-1990) belongs to the Russian/European academic school of art. He is a third generation student of the master painters I. Repin and V. Serov.
     Honored with the title “Living Master” by the Art Renewal Center (ARC), Mr. Babailov is an accomplished artist with outstanding credentials having attained the highest level of fine art education and to paint some of the world’s most important leaders and influencers. Over the past 20 years, he has painted numerous commissioned portraits of social, business and political elite. His notable portraits and figurative paintings are in important official and international collections including those of President George W. Bush, Jr. Collection of The Bush Presidential Center ; Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York, Collection Giuliani Partners, N.Y.C., President V.V. Putin of Russia, Collection of The Kremlin; Nelson Mandela, Collection of the Mandela’s South Africa; Senator Hillary R. Clinton, Collection Clinton Presidential Library, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Collection of the House of Commons, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, TV Celebrity Regis Philbin, Frank Military, Warner Chappell Music, NYC, Collection Frank Military Jr., Hollywood, California and others. Mr. Babailov is painting the portrait of one of America’s most brilliant pianists, Byron Janis, commissioned by his wife Maria Cooper Janis, daughter of film star Gary Cooper. He was recently featured in New York Magazine, as a top ten portrait artist and the “Robb Report” Magazine.
     Painting multi-figured Murals is traditionally recognized as the highest achievement of the artistic expertise. Besides being a portraitist, Mr. Babailov’s uniqueness as an artist is also evident in his large-scale mural size works such as the historical painting of the Columbus Voyage to the Americas, entitled “For Gold, God and Glory”, multi-figured composition “BELIEVE”, official historical portrait of Pope John Paul II, painted in commemoration of the World Youth Day, Collection of the Vatican Museum. His “Who has to suffer…and Why?” 10’x 8’ mural painting, portraying children of different backgrounds, is currently underway and it is dedicated to the innocent victims of world terrorism.
© Igor V. Babailov, For Gold, God, and Glory
Igor V. Babailov
For Gold, God and Glory
Oil on canvas, 70"x79"

Mr. Babailov is also the American Director and Co-Author of the international Panorama projects, such as the recent one in the Attaturk Museum, Turkey.
     He is an exclusive speaker on the Harry Walker Agency – America’s leading executive lecture agency, including such celebrity speakers as President Bill Clinton, and others. Some of his distinctive family portraits include the Molsons, Pushkins, Desmarais, Khrushchev’s and Ambassador and Mrs. Ruggiero of Rome. In 1996 he organized the first official delegation visit of American artists to Russia and has taught at the Florence Academy of Art in 1999. There are two books published on his life and works. His portrait studio is in Long Island, New York. Dr. Henry Kissinger calls his portraits “Marvelous!” and Frank Military says “The Michelangelo of today!” Dick Martin, Executive VP of AT&T states, “We are of course familiar with his work and outstanding reputation.” Sen. Hillary R. Clinton described her painting as “wonderful.”
Igor Babailov's fine art education (1974-1990) belongs to the acclaimed European Academic school of art. He is a direct third generation student of such master painters as I. Repin, V. Serov, K. Korovin, V. Favorskiy and other distinguished artists and professors of Fine Art.
1990  Master of Fine Arts Degree, Surikov Academy for Fine Arts.
1983  Fine Arts Diploma and High School Diploma, Surikov College for Fine Arts. 
1979  Certificate and Diploma, Preparatory School of Fine Art.
Selected Awards & Honors
2004 Portrait Presentation to Pope John Paul II by Papal Nuncio Luigi Ventura
2003 Portrait Presentation to Regis Philbin, New York
2003 Portrait Presentation to Yves Fortier, Chairman, Hudson’s Bay Company
2002 Portrait Presentation to President George W. Bush, The White House
2002 Portrait Presentation to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York
2002 Portrait Presentation to President V. Putin
2002 Portrait Presentation, the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney, House of Commons
2002 Portrait Presentation to V. Tretiak
2001 Portrait Presentation to Nelson Mandela
2001 Portrait Presentation to Prime Minister J. Chrétien
2001 Honorable Mention – Portrait Competition, International Artist Magazine
2001 Solo Exhibition and Launch of ‘The World of Igor Babailov’
2000 Painting Presentation, Central Armed Forces Museum
2000 Painting Presentation, Harvard University, Boston, Ma.
1999 Honorable Mention – Portrait Competition, The Artist’s Magazine
1999/98/97 Art Auction, Alzheimer Society (Benefit)
1999 Solo Exhibition, Ogilvy’s Ltd. (Benefit)
1999 Art Auction, Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Palm Beach (Benefit)
1999 Annual Exhibition of Portrait Brokers of America, Inc. (Conference)
1997 The Merit Award – “Realism “97” International Art Competition
1996 Solo Exhibition, HEIM America, Fisher Island Gallery, Florida
1995 Solo Exhibition, Metro Toronto Convention Center
1995 Art Auction, Shaw Festival (Benefit)
1994 Grand Prize Winner – American Society of Portrait Artists Intl. Competition
1993 Outstanding Achievement in Portrait Painting – National Portrait Seminar, American Artist Magazine
1993 Solo Exhibition, Portraits Inc. Montreal
1992 International Foundation for Peace Through Culture
1989 First Prize Winner – Annual Graphic Works Competition, Surikov Academy of Fine Arts
1983 A Special Recommendation to the Surikov Academy for Fine Arts from the Professors of Surikov School for Fine Arts
1989 Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

Publication Features (Selected List)

2004 Marquis Who's Who in America Publications
2004 Peruvian Encyclopedia, Empresa Editora Il Comercio, S.A.
2004 The Robb Report Magazine
2003 New York Family Magazine
2003 Dan’s Papers – Long Island/Manhattan
2002 New York Times/Brooklyn Papers, New York
2002 Globe and Mail, National Post, CTV, CBC
2002 Magazine Art
2001 PRIMO (Italian- American Magazine)
2001 Contemporary Russian Realists
2001, 2000 International Artist – Australia/International
1999 The Finer Things in Life - Florida
1999/98 The Artist Magazine – U.S.A./International
1998 Focus Magazine – California
1997 Classical Realism Journal – U.S.A.
1997 Selecta Magazine – U.S.A.
1996/95/94 Portrait Signature – U.S.A.
Books on the Artist

“The World of Igor Babailov”

Special Projects & Directorships

Present: American Director/Co-Author of MMHP, Master
Muralists Historic Panorama Projects.
1996 Organized the very First Official delegation of American Artists to Russia in conjunction with the Russian Parliament (DUMA) and the Union of Russian Artists
Professional Affiliations

The Igor Babailov Institute of Realism
Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists – Faculty Member
Portrait Institute, N.Y.C. - Charter Member
Portrait Society of America – Member
Honorary Member, Drawing Society of Canada
Senior Member, Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists
American Society of Portrait Artists - Member
Selected Collections

Private and corporate collections holding Babailov's works but not listed here are in the U.S.A., Canada and overseas including Russia, Germany, England, Holland, Finland, Italy, and Australia.
Vatican Museum
The George Bush Presidential Center
The Kremlin, Moscow
House of Commons
Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, Ark.
Boston Eye & Ear Hospital
Central Armed Forces Museum
Giuliani Partners, NYC
Consulate General of Russia
Contrans Corporation
Hummingbird Communications
Hudson’s Bay Company (est.1670)
Monmouth University
National Bank
Reitmans, Inc.
Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc.
Synergistics Industires, Ltd.
Time Warner Chappell Music, N.Y.C.
Vietnam Academy of Art
President George W. Bush
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
Mr. Nelson Mandela
Pope John Paul II
President of Russia, V. V. Putin
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney
Senator Michael Pitfield
Mr. & Mrs. Regis and Joy Philbin
Dr.’s Allan Sniderman and Sarah Pritchard
Dr. R. Blackwell
Mr. George Cohen
Mr. Vladislav Tretiak
Mr. and Mrs. L. Desmarais
Mr. and Mrs. L. Glaubinger
Mr. Robert “Bobby” Hull
Mr. Mikhail Kalashnikov
Mr. and Mrs. A. Lemire
Ambassador & Mrs. R. Ruggiero
Mrs. N. Khrushchev

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