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Zufar Bikbov

Zufar Bikbov


Kazan Art School,
Kazan State Medial University, Surgical Residency

Teaching Styles:



Seascape & Marine

Drawing & Sketching

Painting from Photograph




"I paint nature since it is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Since my study in art school in Russia and later my move to the US, particularly Plein air painting helped me stay connected to the traditions of the Russian school of realism. It helped me explore this absolutely beautiful country. Plein air gave me a unique opportunity to find myself and I am happy that I was honored to possess a talent in this field. So my choice is to share my vision of this a wonderful world with people across the borders and generations”



Being born in Russia in the suburb of Kazan, the hometown of Nikolai Fechin, Zufar started
taking drawing and painting classes at age nine. He was eleven when he painted his first few
plein air works; depicting nearby village cottages and a horse resting next to a carriage
delivering pies to the local market. He found this kind of painting was so different from painting a still-life or a model in the art school studio. He fell in love with landscape painting and started exploring the language of direct expression of what just in front of him. Hundreds of hours at classes of drawing, painting, composition, sculpture and wood carving gave Zufar an excellent foundation for moving further. After high school, he chose the profession of a physician and dedicated to studying and residency in surgery for over 10 years, after which he decided to move to the United States. His painting, his art kept him afloat in a new country mentally and financially, and he chose to be an artist in his new homeland. His Russian heritage reflects in his paintings and Classical training in art made him an excellent teacher, connecting two great cultures with passion to sincere and real art.


Zufar has a long list of awards and has shown at art and shows coast to coast. Most
important ones for him are Awards and Medals of Merit from Hudson Valley, Kent, and Laguna
Plein Air Painters Associations. As he says his favorite award at any art show is an Artist’s
Choice Award, which gets selected by your peer artists at the show, and Zufar was honored to
receive a number of them at plein air competitions he participates in. His favorite event is Plein Air Easton. His works are widely present in private collections in the United States – from New England to California – in the UK, Spain, and of course in Russia.


As an educator, Zufar truly believes that teaching is one of the most important
missions humans have in order to be a progressive society in terms of science and culture.
Having experience of teaching in the fields of medicine and art, Zufar says: ” I clearly understand that in my classes student’s problems are in the main focus above my level of artistic mastery. Along with technical secrets revealed I do my very best to help my students see improvement of quality if their works during the class. They leave my workshops inspired and equipped with skills. I give them true confidence on the long way of an artistic journey.”

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