Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA, KStA





"Dear Mr. Babailov,

Congratulations to you on your election to the Russian Academy of Arts."

Dr. James H. Billington

13th Librarian of Congress

Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress, congratulates portrait artist Igor Babailov on his election into the Russian Academy of Arts (founded in 1757).

American portrait master  Igor V. Babailov, Hon. RAA, elected into the roster of Academicians of the acclaimed Russian Academy of Arts (est. 1757) 

In 2012, Igor V. Babailov, Hon. RAA, world-renowned American portrait artist, was invited to Russia, where in an official ceremony in Moscow, he was bestowed the highest honor in the arts. The historically acclaimed Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757) elected Igor Babailov into its roster of Academicians. 


In recent years, previous recipients of this honor included designer Pierre Cardin, HRH Princess Chantal of France and the great American artist Andrew Wyeth

Innaguration of the Russian Academy of Arts (artist Jacobi). Portrait artist Igor Babailov - member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

The Inauguration of the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts  

Artist:  V. Jacobi (1834 - 1902)

Collection: Louvre Museum 


Peter the Great's plan to create a Russian art school came to fruition on November 6, 1757, when the Russian Academy of Arts was established under the reign of Empress Elizabeth.  In 1764, Catherine the Great proclaimed it the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts and rendered it special privileges. 


Since its inception, the Academy taught and gave the world some of the most famous names in the history of art, such as Bruni, Ivanov, Bryullov, Kramskoy, Repin, Serov, American artist Whistler and many other outstanding artists. 

The Academy Assembly of 

the Russian Academy of Arts

In compliance with the RAA Charter, members of the Russian Academy of Arts 

are elected by the Academy Assembly. 

Igor V. Babailov, Hon. RAA

Hon. Academician of Painting - elected by the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757)

The Induction at the Oak Room of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757)

"An Academician is a member of an officially constituted Academy, such as the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757), to be elected to which is a great honor, the pinnacle of the career of a traditional artist."

Fellow Academicians

Igor V. Babailov Hereditary Nobility Coat of Arms - by Imperial Decree, House of Romanov

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