“There is no reality except the canvas.”

Igor in his studio

Igor Galanin

Igor Galanin was born in 1937 in Moscow, Russia.  He was educated and began his artistic career in the former Soviet Union by illustrating children’s books and designing sets for the Moscow Ballet Theatre. Igor exhibited regularly in Moscow and illustrated more than 30 children’s books. His children’s books continue to be published in France and Russia today.  In 1972, Igor immigrated first to Rome, Italy, where he had his first international solo show, and subsequently to New York, where he initially continued with illustration work for The Macmillan Company – producing a series of children’s books. In 1975, Igor had a solo exhibit at the Red Barn Gallery on Fisher’s Island, New York and was selected to participate in the Young Artist’s Exhibit in Boston’s Rose Museum.  This led to his first New York group show at the Andre Emmerich Gallery, a series of solo exhibits at the Pucker Safrai Gallery in Boston, and to his  long association with Jean Aberbach (Aberbach Gallery) and Lindsay Findlay (David Findlay Gallery), in New York.  In addition to New York and Boston, Igor has exhibited in Colorado, California, Florida, Texas, Maine, and Montreal, Canada.

Past clients include Roy Scheider, Glenn Close, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Whoopi Goldberg, Mason Phelps, Natalia Makarova, Rudolf Nureyev, and Jim Henson as well as such corporate clients as United Technologies Corporation, the Cincinnatian Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Doubletree Hotels in New Orleans and the Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska.

Igor in his studio

Shows and Representation

Harbor Square Gallery | Rockland, ME | 2004–Present

Napua Gallery, Waldorf Astoria | Maui, HI | 2017–Present

Canyon Road Contemporary Art | Santa Fe, NM | 2018–2020

The Christina Gallery | Martha’s Vineyard, MA | 2014–2020

The Jewel Spiegel Gallery | Englewood, NJ | 2013–2019

Ann Jacob Gallery | Highlands, NC | 2011–2016

Amanti Art Gallery | Madison, WI | 2010–2011

JRS Fine Art | Providence, RI | 1986–2016

Gallery 444 | San Francisco, CA | 2000–2007

Harmon Meek Gallery | Naples, FL | 1995–2004

David Findlay Galleries | New York, NY | 1987–1996

Devin Galleries | New Hope, PA | 1993–1995

Brevard Art Museum | Melbourne, FL | 1989

Portals Ltd. | Chicago, IL | 1987–1988

Kieff Galerie d’Art | Montreal, Canada | 1987

Sloane Gallery of Art | Denver, CO | 1986, 1989

Kauffman Galleries | Houston, TX | 1982, 1983, 1984

Aberbach Fine Art | New York, NY | 1978–1986

Pucker Gallery | Boston, MA | 1975, 1976, 1987, 1997, 1990, 2000

London Gallery | Montreal, Canada | 1977

Andre Emmerich | New York, NY | 1976

Rose Art Museum | Boston, MA | 1975

Young Artists ’75 Exhibition | New York, NY | 1975

Village Art Gallery | Croton-on-Hudson, NY | 1974, 1977

Fishers Island Gallery | Fishers Island, NY | 1973–74

Paesi Nuovi Gallery | Rome, Italy | 1972

Recent Book Publications

(in addition to over 30 children’s books published by Malysh publishers in Moscow, Russia)

The Proud Maiden, Tungak and the Sun | Macmillan | New York, NY

Marko the Rich and Vasily the Unlucky | Macmillan | New York, NY

Alice | Macmillan | New York, NY

Master and Margarita | Penguin Books | New York, NY

The Brave Little Tailor | Hachette Éducation | Paris, France

Do-Rei-Mi | Labirint-press | Moscow, Russia


Art Museum University of Toronto | Toronto, Canada

An American Art Collection, Philharmonic Center for Arts | Naples, FL

Brevard Art Museum | Melbourne, FL

Rose Art Museum | Boston, MA

Mead Art Museum at Amherst College | Amherst, MA

Museum of Contemporary Art | La Jolla, CA

Zimerli Art Museum | New Brunswick, NJ

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art | Loretto, PA

In the News

Art News | December 1974

The Harvard Crimson | March 1975

The New York Times | September 9, 1979

The National Jewish Monthly | June 1980

House and Garden | December 1983

The Yale Literary Magazine | 1982, 1985

Vanity Fair | September 1988

The Christian Science Monitor | June 1982; December 1984; May 1986

The Boston Connoisseur | 1986

Art & Auction | February 1988

Florida Today | March 1996

Naples Daily News | February 1996

Rocky Mount News | Denver, CO| 1986, 1989

Financial Times | London, UK | October 2000

Penthouse Magazine | 1991–1993

Vision Magazine | China | November 2015

Guideposts/Angels on Earth | November 2016

The Many Masks of Modern Art | Theodore Wolfe


Caldecott Award For Children’s Book Illustration (Nominated) | for Marko the Rich and Vasily the Unlucky | Thomas P. Whitney

The Art Directors Club 1991 Merit Award | 70th Annual Exhibition

Graphis Magazine Design Award | Penthouse Magazine | 1994

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