“Considered one of America’s finest, people the world over, including many celebrities and prominent figures, seek to commission native Angeleno, D. A. Metrov.” 

Los Angeles Home & Garden Magazine (from select press articles below).

In 2016, Metrov launched “The Lantern Project” to chronicle people—celebrities and unknowns—who are doing important things, large and small, in our society today. The works in this series, being assembled as an international, traveling museum exhibit, are all mixed-media on 72″ square panels. 

Portrait: Academy Award Winning Writer, Director, Producer, Robert Zemeckis; 2017; mixed media; 72″ X 72″

(Select works below)

For portrait commission inquires, please CONTACT Metrov Contemporary Arts

The Evolution of Metrov Portraiture

Born in Los Angeles and schooled in art at UCLA, Metrov began his career in New York City creating illustrations for major publishers such as MacMillan, McGraw-Hill, New York Magazine, and ultimately, world-renowned Push Pin Studios (the latter being the only graphic design studio to ever exhibit in the Paris Louvre.) He eventually segued into Fine Art painting after studying with Prix di Rome scholar, Gilbert Stone, from the lineage of the celebrated Gregory Gillespie. Metrov began accepting commissions for portraits of celebrities and international socialites, and became known for his ability to capture his subject’s deeper, “spiritual essence.” 

“His work is reminiscent of some of the great masters of Renaissance Europe.”

Sandra Beggs – Art Critic, Beverly Hills Real Estate and Design Magazine

When Margaux Hemingway saw her finished portrait, she was so moved, she cried for an hour. Ben Vereen stood speechless before his likeness. Mick Jagger hired Metrov to paint his wife, Bianca. Metrov began competing with his neighbor, Andy Warhol, as portraitist of New York’s elite high society. But Metrov grew restless with static work. As an artist, he felt obligated to explore emerging new mediums & technologies. Fascinated by the potential of motion pictures to be “paintings that moved and made sound,” he moved back to the Hollywood/Los Angeles area.


“Margaux” by Metrov (1977); Acrylic on Canvas; 18″ X 24″

(Below: Select portraits from New York City – 1970’s)

After several years writing, producing, and directing film, Metrov once again began accepting portrait commissions in 2012. His style has evolved over time, but his art continues to reflect his subject’s inner nature as well as their common human struggle to balance the often chaotic energies around them. Metrov now integrates digital technologies with Classical Renaissance oil painting techniques in an evolution of methods pioneered by the late Andy Warhol.

Digital portrait of the artist’s wife, Dr. Maureen O’Brien (2014)

Digital portrait of the artist’s wife, Dr. Maureen O’Brien (2014)

(Below: Select digital portraits)

In 2015, Metrov was invited to conduct a public digital portrait session at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art as part of Marinella Senatore’s highly acclaimed “Building Communities” exhibition. The event was an international success. (Select portraits from exhibit below.)

Below: Metrov with experimental portrait of his wife (2014).

For portrait commission inquires, please CONTACT Metrov Contemporary Arts. You can also visit www.MetrovPortraits.com to learn more.


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