Igor Babailov, world-renowned American portrait artist, Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757), painted his first portrait at the age of four, and began his formal Fine Art Education at nine. In the Direct Teacher-Student Lineage, he is a third generation student of the great Masters: Repin, Serov, Korovin, and Arkhipov.
Babailov's commissioned portraits are in official public, distinguished private and corporate collections around the world. His Vatican portrait of Pope Benedict XVI was selected by the Pope for the Vatican Splendors museum tour and exhibited alongside the works of Michelangelo, Bernini and Giotto …. more
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Master of Ascending Realism
Life Portrait of Nelson Mandela in the book
"Greatest Portrait Moments",
featuring Igor Babailov's 80-plus portrait encounters