Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA, KStA
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Igor Babailov on the Billboard at Times Square, New York City
In his life-time professional portrait career, Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA, KStA, MFA(Ph.D), D.Litt.(Hon.Causa), has painted over 2,000 portraits. More than half of these are in official public, distinguished private, corporate and museum collections around the world.
He is the only portrait artist to have received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2022) which ranks as one of the highest awards in America with his name read into the Congressional Record.
Babailov was selected to paint legacy portraits of three living Presidents of three countries, two living Prime Ministers, members of the noble families and British Royalty, and three living Popes for the Vatican, to name a few.
Igor Babailov has been featured in art publications and news media nationally and internationally, such as: The New York Daily News, Washington Post, The Times of Malta, National Review, The Moscow Times, CBC News, the Vatican's ZENIT, Live with Regis and Kelly Show, The Artist's Magazine, Art World News, International Artist, Classical Realism Journal, AskMen, MercatorNet, The Encyclopedia Tematica del Peru, Italian American magazine Primo, and many others.
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Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Ciocca Center of the Busch School of Business,
Catholic University of America, 2019
Cumberland University, 2019
Prince Andrew The Duke of York
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Pope Benedict XVI
Governor Mark Carney,
The Bank of England
Pope St. John Paul II
Life sitting with Nelson Mandela
Col. Christoph Graf, Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, Vatican
Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, awarding Igor Babailov with the dynastic Order of St. Anne (est.1735)
General David H. Petraeus
U.S. Military Commander, CIA Director
G8 Summit Members
Portrait of President George W. Bush
Portrait of President George W. Bush, commissioned to Igor Babailov on the occasion and on behalf of the G8 Summit. Collection: George W. Bush Presidential Library.
With Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, in preparation for his official U.S. Supreme Court portrait.
Portrait of George Washington, Mount Vernon Museum
President Vladimir Putin of Russia
Commissioned by Canadian Government and presented by Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada
Babailov's Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI, selected by the Pope to represent his papacy at the Vatican Splendors Exhibition and displayed alongside the works of Michelangelo, Giotto, Bernini and other Great Masters of the Renaissance.
Hon. American Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757)
American Pianist Byron Janis
and Dr. James Watson, discoverer of DNA
Mayor of New York City
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, Vatican
Amb. Michael Novak
Official photography - Igor Babailov and two Prime Ministers of Canada, photographed in the very room where Winston Churchill posed for his 1941 iconic photograph.
Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
Justice Joseph P. Sullivan
Supreme Court of New York
Isadore Sharp, Founder & CEO, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, with his life-size portrait in the far background.
Tony Lo Bianco
American Baseball Legend
Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
Inventor of AK-47
His Holiness Patriarch of Russia, Kirill
Governor Yves Fortier
The Hudson's Bay Company (incorporated in 1670).
American Football Star
American Actor ("The Sopranos", etc.)
American Sports Illustrator, New York Daily News
Portrait of C.Wright Pinson, MD, MBA, CEO Vanderbilt Health System
From left to right:
Dr. Billy Hudson, Dr. Julie Hudson, Igor Babailov, Hon.RAA, Dr. C.Wright Pinson
American Football Star
Portrait of Judge Seth Norman,
Official portrait unveiling - Nashville, TN.
Igor Babailov was invited to unveil his portrait of the legendary film director Akira Kurosawa at Steven Spielberg's World Celebrities Art Fair, in Tokyo, Japan