Nikas Safronov draws praise and criticism for his portraits of powerful politicians, movie stars
Saturday, April 21, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT;
updated 9:15 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008
MOSCOW — There’s snow on the cupola, sunlight in the brandy and a lot of talk about metaphor, mythical symbolism and how the rich will pay incredible amounts of money for a portrait. With a prolific brush and a deft understanding of ego, Nikas Safronov, who flutters like a designer moth amid canvases in his studio, is Russia’s artist to the powerful.
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