TESTIMONIALS 

“Superb portraits. An artist whose work will be studied and admired for years to come.”

Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov.
Joan Lewis, EWTN Vatican, testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov. Photo credit: Joan Lewis, www.gingrich360.com

“Most of us at the age of FOUR could not even spell ‘portrait’, and he already painted one.”

Joan Lewis 

EWTN  NEWS, Vatican Bureau Chief 

"An impressive array of subjects and deft paint handling.”  

Dr. James H. Billington 

13th Librarian of Congress 

Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov. Credit: Library of Congress, www.nationalreview.com
Mount Vernon Director, James Rees - Testimonial about the Portrait of George Washington by portrait artist Igor Babailov. Photo credit: George Washington's Mount Vernon

“We will take great pride in displaying your work [portrait of George Washington] for generations to come.”

James C. Rees

Executive Director, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Museum, Mount Vernon, VA     

"Dear Igor, 

Laura and I send our best wishes. May God bless you."

 

George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States of America

President George W. Bush letter to portrait artist Igor Babailov. Photo credit: White house photo by Eric Draper. / Public domain.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George-W-Bush.jpeg
Karen Hughes testimonial about the portrait of President George W. Bush by portrait artist Igor Babailov. Photo Credit: Ann Thomas Department of State. Bureau of Administration. Office of General Services Management. Special Services Division. Audiovisual Services Branch. / Public domain

"I know the President well and this beautiful painting captures his conviction and sincerity."

 

Karen Hughes

Personal Advisor to President George W. Bush

”I am especially indebted to Igor Babailov, a truly gifted artist, who has done a remarkable job on my portrait.”

 

Brian Mulroney 

18th Prime Minister of Canada

Brian Mulroney testimonial about his official portrait by portrait artist Igor Babailov
Pope Francis testimonial - about his portrait by portrait artist Igor Babailov

”This work is inspired, it touches my heart!”

 

Pope Francis

"Mr. Babailov has an uncanny ability to get inside the souls of the subjects of his paintings, at the same time as he somehow finds a way to capture feature of their eyes or smile or tilt of head, quite startles the onlooker, it appears so real."

Amb. Michael Novak

The Templeton Prize 1994

Michael Novak - testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov
Archbishop Pietro Sambi testimonial about the Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI by portrait artist Igor Babailov

"This portrait [ Pope Benedict XVI ] is much more than an image, it is a painting of a presence. It catches the Pope’s shyness, physical presence and strength... one of the best portraits of the Pope I've ever seen!"

Archbishop Pietro Sambi

Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

"Igor Babailov's talent and ability to capture the likeness of his subjects so precisely, is truly inspirational to us all." 

Isadore Sharp 

Founder and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Isadore Sharp testimonial about his portrait by portrait artist Igor Babailov
Dr. Joan Stein-Streilein testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov

"We chose you to paint the portrait, because there is no 'formula' in your works, as they each capture individuality."

Joan  E. Stein-Streilein, Ph.D

Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School

Archbishop Luigi Ventura Testimonial about the Vatican Portrait of Pope John Paul II by portrait artist Igor Babailov

"Thank you for painting the Pope [ St. John Paul II ] younger in his appearance, because he IS young and strong in his spirit, surrounded by the youth who had followed him, always replying generously to his call for a life of faith and love. How many experiences, how many feelings reflect the expression of the symbolism which is found in this painting? It is impossible to put them all in words..." 

Archbishop Luigi Ventura

Apostolic Nuncio to Canada

"It is not every day that a man sees himself captured by the hand of such artistry. Please know that it was my honor to be the subject of one of your works."

General David H. Petraeus

U.S. Army Commander, CIA Director

General David Petraeus testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov
Governor Bill Haslam testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov

Our state is very proud to have outstanding artists like yourself among its residents. 

Governor Bill Haslam

The State of Tennessee

"I am complimented often on the portrait and its position of prominence in the Courthouse. Of course, it is really a compliment intended for you."

Hon. Joseph P. Sullivan

Justice, Supreme Court of New York

New York Judge Joseph P. Sullivan testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov
Mayor Rudy Giuliani testimonial about his portrait by portrait artist Igor Babailov

"Thank you again for the wonderful portrait. I was glad to hear that you were able to stop by the office to see the painting on display."

Rudolph W. Giuliani

Mayor of New York City

"Wonderful portrait painting!"

Hillary R. Clinton
U.S. First Lady

Hillary Clinton testimonial about her portrait by portrait artist Igor Babailov
Judge Seth W. Norman testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov

I was amazed by the likeness and the detail of his work. I am humbled and honored that he used his expertise to create my portrait. He is truly a Master. One of the most famous and gifted artists of our century!

 

Judge Seth W. Norman,

Drug Court “pioneer” in the U.S. 

Nashville, TN

"Marvelous portraits!"

Dr. Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov
Mikhail Kalashnikov, AK 47 inventor, testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov

“Seeing my portrait, painted by Igor Babailov, is like looking at myself in the mirror.”

 

Mikhail Kalashnikov

Inventor of AK-47

"The best painter I've come across in my lifetime...The Michelangelo of today!"

Frank Military,

Warner Chappell Music, inc.

Legendary music publisher and life-time friend of Frank Sinatra

Frank Military, music publisher and friend of Frank Sinatra, testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov
Canadian Senator Michael Pitfield testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov

"Babailov's paintings, particularly his portraits, embrace and strengthen our traditional values and love for life."

Senator Michael Pitfield

"I have known Mr. Babailov since he successfully completed my portrait in oil. Great talent, remarkable personality!"

Robert "Bobby" Hull

Hockey Legend

Hockey legend Bobby Hull testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov
Tennessee Senator Douglas Henry testimonial about portrait artist Igor Babailov

"Igor Babailov has done a very superior job, which has been admired by the whole family and many good friends."

Senator and Mrs. Douglas Henry

“To capture a likeness is an incredible feat, but to capture personality is pure magic. He's an example of how art can unify so many varied peoples separated by such vast distances. I commend him!" 

Joe Drexler, 9/11 Firefighter (Ret.) F.D.N.Y.

 

 

"His work is definitely of museum quality. The full-length portrait of our debutante daughter hangs in our salon, next to famous painters of the 17th Century, such as Lucca Giordano, Mattia Preti, Andrea Vaccaro. How fortunate we are to have among us such a wonderfully skilled artist."

Ambassador and Mrs. Ruggiero

Rome, Italy

 

 

"Thank you for your labor of love! We know God sent you to us."

The Rogers family

St.Simon's Island, Georgia

 

"I have told many people that my life has been filled with "Forrest Gump"  moments. Having my family portraits painted by Maestro Babailov is another one -- perhaps the biggest one!"

David Gibbs , Nashville, TN

 

 

 

"We will always be grateful for our providential meeting; and for your time  and care in getting to know our children, and rendering them in such breathtaking ways."

The Eberstadt family , Washington, DC

"This inspirational work has greatly impressed me and without a doubt remains outstanding in every way."

V. Roger Lalli, Ph.D.

Scholar, Renowned artist, Buffalo, NY