Igor Babailov

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Igor Babailov
For Gold God and Glory.
For Gold, God, and Glory, Oil on Canvas, 70" x 72", by Igor Babailov.

Igor Valerievich Babailov (born February 9, 1965) is a Russian-born American painter and portrait artist, known for his commissioned portraits of global leaders, celebrities and distinguished individuals. Some of his notable portraits include those of: Pope Benedict XVI[1][2] (Vatican), President of Russia Vladimir Putin[3][4] (Kremlin), New York State Appellate Division Justice Joseph P. Sullivan[5] (Appellate Division Courthouse of New York State), Mayor Rudolph Giuliani[6] of New York (Giuliani Partners), Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney[7] (House of Commons), pianist Byron Janis[8] (Steinway Hall), Templeton Prize recipient Michael Novak[9] of the American Enterprise Institute, and numerous other prominent figures for public and private collections.[10] Besides portrait works, Babailov is also known for his large scale multi-figurative paintings, such as his “For Gold, God and Glory” painting[11] and “Believe” painted for the Vatican on the occasion of the World Youth Days.[12]

Background and academia[edit]

Babailov began his formal art education at nine years of age.[13] He received his Master of Fine Art's degree from the Surikov Academy of Fine Arts[14] of The Moscow School of Painting acclaimed for its famous teachers and alumni: Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, and Abram Arkhipov among others.

Scholar and advocate of the traditional values in visual arts, Mr. Babailov's teachings highlight the importance of drawing from life as a foundation for strong painting.[15] Babailov holds workshops and portrait demonstrations in art colleges, art societies, and private clubs across North America.[16] He is a public speaker, represented by Harry Walker Agency.[17] According to the Agency, in his demonstrations “…you witness "the truth of the soul" coming alive in front of your eyes…”[18]

Babailov has been featured in professional art publications and news media, such as: The New York Daily News,[2] National Review,[1] The Moscow Times,[3] CBC News,[19] the Vatican's ZENIT,[13] Live with Regis and Kelly Show,[20] The Artist's Magazine,[21] Art World News,[22] International Artist,[23] Classical Realism Journal,[24] AskMen,[25] MercatorNet,[26] The Encyclopedia Tematica del Peru,[27] and Italian American magazine Primo.[28]


  1. ^ a b http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NzExZDRkNzg2ZjYwZjU4ODEzYzY2Nzg2NzZkNjFmNWY=
  2. ^ a b "Pontiff's aura colors artist's image". NY Daily News. 
  3. ^ a b "A Putin Portrait For Your Parlor - News". The Moscow Times. 
  4. ^ "Portrait of President Vladimir Putin by Igor Babailov". 
  5. ^ Hon. Joseph P. Sullivan Archived 2010-04-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "HERO WORSHIP". The Brooklyn Paper. 
  7. ^ "The House of Commons Heritage Collection". 
  8. ^ "Social Diary 3/28/05 - Murders, Birthdays, Car Shows, Easter". 
  9. ^ "Michael Novak Portrait Unveiling - November 8, 2009". YouTube. 
  10. ^ "Art Renewal Center Museum™ Artist Information for Igor V. Babailov". Art Renewal Center. 
  11. ^ "AskART - Art Prices, Painting Value, Art Appraisal, Art Values, Auction Prices". 
  12. ^ "Art Renewal Center :: Igor V. Babailov :: Portrait of Pope John Paul II". Art Renewal Center. 
  13. ^ a b Zenit.org.
  14. ^ "Art Renewal Center® Leading the Revival of Realism in the Fine Arts". Art Renewal Center. 
  15. ^ "Art Renewal Center® Scholarships and Programs with Online Museum". Art Renewal Center. 
  16. ^ Harry Walker Agency Archived 2010-09-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  18. ^ CBC News
  19. ^ Live with Regis and Kelly Segment 1 - 06/11/03
  20. ^ The Artist's Magazine(May 1998, April 1999)
  21. ^ Art World News July 2007, Volume XII Issue 7
  22. ^ International Artist Volume 2 No. 11 Feb/March 2000
  23. ^ Classical Realism Journal, Volume IV, Issue 1
  24. ^ Ross Bonander. "Portrait artists - AskMen". AskMen. 
  25. ^ "Enough of 'art for art's sake'. Let's have some art for the sake of humanity, truth and goodness". 
  26. ^ Encyclopedia Tematica del Peru, p.16, Empresa Editora Il Comercio,S.A (2004)
  27. ^ Primo Magazine September/October 2001

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