With the passing of Sergey Smirnov on November 8th 2006, at the age of 53, Russia lost one of its greatest contemporary artists and a true visionary. Smirnov was proud of his heritage. His refined portraits honor and celebrate the great men and women who have influenced Russian history and culture. His painting style combines the ancient tenants of traditional icon painters and the 17th Century “Parsuna.” Soft candle light tones make his art uniquely Russian in technique and concept. Smrinov’s images are a wonderful bridge between the past and the present, yet are thoroughly modern and contemporary in execution. Smirnov created works of art that are equally at home whether in a setting surrounded by antique furniture or modern décor.