“Metrov’s work, in its eclecticism and vitality, admirably conforms to Manny Farber’s description of ‘termite art’ which “goes always forward eating its own boundaries,
and, likely as not, leaves nothing in its wake other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity.”
Author/critic Brad Stevens. 

For over 50 years, Metrov has focused on mastering traditional techniques as well as exploring new mediums that continue to blossom around him. Here you’ll find a broad representation of the artist’s work in painting, mixed-media, traditional sculpture, digital sculpture, film, music, writing, and the development of global sustainability principles. Explore.

Born in East Los Angeles, Metrov began his professional life in New York City in 1970 working as a designer/illustrator for world-renowned Push Pin Studios. At the same time he worked as apprentice to the iconic Roger Hane, painter/designer of the original Carlos Castaneda book covers. Metrov then segued into the Fine Arts, painting in a loft studio across from Andy Warhol’s Factory… (MORE)

Metrov featured in iconic Montecito Journal bi-annual magazine



Newest Portrait Client — Katy Perry

Recently completed Katy Perry portraits. See entire series here.

Katy and Metrov

Katy and Metrov


the RII

The RII — A Non-Profit Fine Art Social Collaborative


We organize, support, and facilitate the development of synergistic,
multi-disciplinary, creative solutions for the success of communities worldwide.

How We Go About It

The RII (Second Renaissance) CALLS TOGETHER community architects, environmentalists, engineers, painters, sculptors, designers, writers, filmmakers, sound & light artists, musicians, and dancers to co-create an experimental, culturally focused, creatively stimulating environment. The project will be filmed and documented by university researchers who will use their data to establish unique, cooperative solutions to support the communities of our world going forward. Research data will be based on questions such as:

  • How can diverse creative disciplines cooperate for common good?
  • How can such collaborative efforts benefit our understanding of community well-being?
  • How can such collaborative efforts be used to improve communal success rates?
  • How can such collaborative efforts help unify diverse humanitarian goals and ideals?
  • How can such projects create models for self-sustaining communities world-wide?
  • Can free-form creativity unleash deeper aspects of human awareness?

The RII will aggressively promote monthly exhibits of the collaborative work-in-progress, culminating in a Grand Finale Exhibit at the end of every year. Once launched, the project will support itself with revenues from ticket sales, art sales, ancillary art sales, lecture & workshop ticket sales, and on-going, tax-deductable contributions. Should the project prove successful, it may be replicated in cities across the U.S.A. Such collaborative efforts are currently in vogue as seen in ventures like Meow Wolf and others. We want to establish Santa Barbara as a global art center and a pioneer in shaping a positive world.

What We Need

Please contact us if you’d like to learn more


I recently staged and curated a pop-up exhibit including myself and five other local, Santa Barbara artists in the world famous Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. Art as retail! Show was a huge success!

My Political Coming Out

Metrov Studio Report 2018

Metrov Contemporary Arts—Studio Report 2018.
Get a glimpse of our exciting studio activities so far this year, including celebrity portraits, an introduction to “Romantic Minimalism,” and student intern projects. To see over 50 years of work by internationally collected fine artist, Metrov, please explore this site. As seen in the video, we share profits on Metrov merchandising items with our amazing UCSB interns. To see our prints, t-shirts, bags, and help support art students thru school, please visit http://www.mc-arts.shop. Get in touch if you have questions. And thanks for watching!

The Lantern Project

Metrov with Director Robert Zemeckis

Recently unveiled new Metrov portrait of legendary film director, Robert Zemeckis, Academy Award Winning writer/producer/director of FORREST GUMP, BACK TO THE FUTURE (1,2,3), CAST AWAY, POLAR EXPRESS, and so many more! The portrait marks the second in the long-term “Lantern Project,” launched by Metrov and partner, Anne Barkley, formerly with Creative Artists Agency.


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Metrov with works-in-progress

Featuring West Coast’s Wildest, Most-Accomplished,
Under-Recognized Contemporary Artists

Where: Angel City Brewery—Sponsored by ARTSHARE LA
(in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles Arts District)

When: June 8 thru July 5, 2017

Artists: Sara Lytle, Metrov, Mike Mollett, Henry Rasmussen

Opening Reception: June 8, 6-9pm

Mingle with political radicals, circus dwarfs, flying monkeys, atomic mutants…

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 15, 2017) — With the support of ArtShare LA, four seasoned visual artists will receive widespread exposure in the heart of the booming Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

“We’ve been deeply devoted to the Arts our entire lives. I believe it’s because we’ve chosen unorthodox career paths that we’ve yet to receive significant recognition. We haven’t followed the rules. To a person, we’ve felt compelled, obligated really, to explore the fascinating new mediums / outlets / technologies available to artists today,” says Metrov, the exhibit’s curator and lead artist.

The exhibit title: “EARTH: as erotic energy (stop torturing my mother!)” references outrage at the tearing down of our cherished environmental protections; an absolute denunciation of unbridled corporate pollution of our air, water, and food; disregard for ecocentric values—all in the name of profit and greed. “The old system is dying. We are here to welcome a return to Matriarchal Principles and a harmonious relationship with Nature; to aid the transformation from a fear-based to a love-based civilization.”

The exhibit will feature: Artist Sara Lytle’s revelations from the alt dimension, Metrov’s large-format assemblage works depicting divine-feminine mutations, Henry Rasmussen’s haunting silent heads, hanging, organic mud sculptures by Mike Mollett, founder of the LA MUDPEOPLE.

Where: Angel City Brewery—Sponsored by ARTSHARE LA When: June 8 thru July 5, 2017 Artists: Sara Lytle, Metrov, Mike Mollett, Henry Rasmussen Opening Reception: June 8, 6-9pm

Exhibit video—Opening Night:

Metrov @SantaBarbara Center for Arts, Science, & Technology

Official Exhibit Video

Metrov @SantaBarbara Center for Arts, Science, & Technology


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