Zufar Bikbov- The Sun of Maine, Oil, 11 x 14 inches, SOLD

Zufar Bikbov

Zufar Bikbov’s passion for oil painting and the dynamic nature of the plein air art form has led him to avidly explore the American landscape for over a decade.

A native of Russia, Zufar was influenced by his father’s unrealized dream to become a professional artist in Stalin era post WWII Soviet Union. He trained from the age of nine at Zelenodolsk Youth Art School in Kazan in the Russian realism tradition, and was 11 when he painted his first plein air painting. Zufar embraces experimentation in his artwork and today, his landscape painting style exhibits elements of both realism and impressionism.

As a young adult, Bikbov’s desire to help others led him to embark on a career in medicine. During his years in medical school and residency, art remained an important constant in his life. He was honored to participate in the 2002 exhibit, Doctors Paint, at the State Museum of Fine Arts in Kazan, Russia, where he made a connection which ultimately brought him to Yale to further his medical studies. He relocated to the United States in 2004, and continued to work in the medical field through 2016, painting and participating in plein air competitions.

Zufar became a full-time artist and art teacher in 2017. Bikbov is the recipient of multiple prestigious plein air awards at national competitions. This is the second year he’ll be competing in the Cape Ann Plein Air competition and festival. He was the recipient of the Second Place Award at Cape Ann Plein Air in 2018. Zufar treasures his Artist Choice Awards at Plein Air Easton, Maryland. Another memorable achievement was receiving The Medal of Honor and Merit Awards at the Kent Art Association, the first U.S. art organization he joined. Recently, he was honored to receive the Irvine Museum Award at the Laguna Plein Air National Competition in Laguna Beach, California.

The artist’s work is represented in private collections throughout the United States from New England to California – as well as the UK, Spain, and of course, Russia.