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Igor Babailov's testamonial for Silver Brush

“A brush is a tool that transfers your vision and thoughts onto canvas. Therefore, the brush’s quality and comfort in handling, contributes greatly to the work you do, as well as to your artistic satisfaction. The Silver Brushes are an excellent choice for any painting in any genre - this is the kind of brush that truly connects you to your work.

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Igor V. Babailov, M.F.A., world-renowned portrait and figurative artist, is one of the most sought after portrait painters today.

Having painted his first portrait at the age of four, Igor began his formal classical art training at nine, studying with leading Masters of traditional painting and drawing. In the span of sixteen years (1974-1990) Babailov attained the highest level of fine art education and received the doctoral equivalent, Master of Fine Arts degree under the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757), which taught and gave the world such outstanding Masters, as Kramskoy, Repin, Levitan, Serov and the great American artist, James A. McNeill Whistler.

Igor Babailov’s commissioned portrait subjects include: President George W. Bush, General David H. Petraeus, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, President Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, Mayor Rudi Giuliani of New York, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Founder & CEO of the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Isadore Sharp, the Supreme Court Justice The Hon. Joseph P. Sullivan and many other prominent figures for prestigious collections. The new portrait of George Washington by Igor Babailov was officially inducted into George Washington’s Mount Vernon Museum and General David H. Petraeus presented him with the Award ‘For Excellence’ for the work on his legacy portrait.

Vatican Curator, Roberto Zagnoli, acknowledged Igor Babailov as ‘Maestro’ when his Vatican portrait of Pope Benedict XVI was selected by the Pope for the Vatican Splendors international museum tour. Babailov was honored to be the only living artist in the exhibition, as his papal portrait hung alongside the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, Giotto and other Masters of the Renaissance.

As a painter in the academic tradition, Babailov is a firm believer that Artists, with a capital “A”, should not limit themselves to only one genre, and like the masters of the past, they must embrace a passion for everything; portraits, still life, landscapes, multi-figurative historic paintings, etc. Therefore and since all the genres are connected, he encourages his students to also paint en plein air to ‘refresh their portrait palette’ every chance they get. Recipient of national and international awards and honors, Mr. Babailov is an elected member of the National Arts Club in New York City, Honored Member of the Drawing Society of Canada, Honored Member of the International Academy of Culture and Art, Patron Member of Portrait Society of America. He has lectured and taught master workshops around the world including the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, The Cincinnati Art Club, Ontario College of Art, Vanderbilt, Monmouth, Ave Maria University, private clubs, various portrait art societies, to name a few.

For more information, visit the official Igor Babailov website at

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