A Ukrainian-born artist currently living in California, Valentin Popov decided to pursue art at an early age. Born into the family of one of Kiev’s most famous artists, Popov was formally trained at the Kiev State ArtInstitute (Academy of Fine Art of Ukraine) and at the Kiev State School of Art. Popov works in a wide range of media and subject matter and his work is versatile and ever changing. It is not uncommon to find satire, reality, humor, and parable in Popov’s stunning works. Popov’s early work included detailed etchings, a colorful collage series entitled Not Rembrandt, a series of monotypes with thoughtful or humorous phrases, among many others. In 2003, Popov shifted away from using collages, phrases, words, and historical references that were often seen in his prior works. Popov began producing numerous paintings of scenes from Venice and other European cities, often using his own photography for inspiration for his paintings. Popov is also well known for a series entitled Face: Portraits byValentin Popov. Popov was inspired by Andy Warhol to create numerous portraits, which could be exhibited together to fill the gallery walls with faces. Popov usedconsistent formatting for each portrait and captured the personality of the individual within the portrait with his distinctive skilled technique. Popov’sincredible works have been featured in private and public displays around the world, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
** Long-Sharp gallery is pleased to exhibit works by Valentin Popov