For over 50 years, Metrov has been both student and master of the human face. He has portrayed celebrities, V.I.P.’s, moms, kids, cats & dogs since the mid-seventies. Early in his career, he employed traditional Renaissance oil-painting techniques. Today, Metrov creates exquisite, post-Warhol style, mixed-media paintings on wood panels as shown in the samples below. Call us today to learn more about your unique portrait adventure. 805.968.2880
Portrait: Robert Zemeckis, Academy Award Winning Writer, Director, Producer.” 2017; Mixed Media; 72″ X 72.”(Select recent works below)
Born in Los Angeles and schooled in art at UCLA, Metrov began his career in New York City creating illustrations for major publishers such as MacMillan, McGraw-Hill, New York Magazine. He was then invited to join world-renowned Push Pin Studios, the only graphic design studio to ever exhibit in the Paris Louvre. He eventually segued into Fine Art painting after studying with Prix di Rome scholar, Gilbert Stone, from the lineage of renowned artist Gregory Gillespie. Metrov’s apprenticeship took him to Rome, Italy where he studied first-hand the Renaissance Masters. Upon returning to New York, Metrov began accepting commissions for portraits of celebrities and international socialites, and became known for his ability to capture his subject’s deeper, “spiritual essence.”
When Margaux Hemingway saw her finished portrait, she was so moved, she cried for an hour. Ben Vereen stood speechless before his likeness. Mick Jagger hired Metrov to paint his wife, Bianca. Metrov began competing with his neighbor, Andy Warhol, as portraitist of New York’s elite high society. But Metrov grew restless with static work. As an artist, he felt obligated to explore emerging new mediums & technologies. Fascinated by the potential of motion pictures to be “paintings that moved and made sound,” he moved back to the Hollywood/Los Angeles area.
“Margaux” by Metrov (1977); Acrylic on Canvas; 18″ X 24″(Below: Select portraits from New York City – 1970’s)
After spending several years writing, producing, and directing film, Metrov once again began accepting portrait commissions in 2012. His style has evolved over time, but his art continues to reflect his subject’s inner nature as well as their common human struggle to balance the often chaotic energies around them. Metrov now integrates digital technologies with Classical Renaissance oil painting techniques in an evolution of methods pioneered by the late Andy Warhol.
Digital portrait of the artist’s wife, Dr. Maureen O’Brien (2014)
(Below: Select digital portraits of the artist & his wife)
In 2015, the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art invited Metrov to conduct a public digital portrait session as part of Marinella Senatore’s highly acclaimed “Building Communities” exhibition. The event was an international success. (Select portraits from exhibit below.)