Pavel Sokov is a representational painter, oil painting mentor, and podcaster. He focuses on celebrating the heroes of science via his project Gravitas which consists of portraits of accomplished scientists.
The goal of this project is to shed light on the many contributions of science to our daily lives and celebrate the unsung heroes of science. He also paints the various traditional cultures of the Earth that he encountered during his travels as well as commissioned portraiture, and figurative fine art.
Through working with Time Magazine, the Bahrain Royal Family, Saudi Royal family, the Jordan Royal Family, and many well known entrepreneurs such as Grant Cardone, his work is found in private collections across the world as well as institutional collections. He founded the Creative Mastermind Show, a weekly podcast that empowers artists to be successful in their careers and life.
Art & Life with Pavel Sokov
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
Today we’d like to introduce you to Pavel Sokov.
Pavel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am known as the portrait painter of royal families. After completing a well-known illustration of Vladimir Putin for Time Magazine in 2014’s Time Person of the Year issue, I have been the choice of the Saudi Royal family for portrait painting as well as the Queen of Jordan. I have worked with some well-known entrepreneurs as well as visionary women as part of a new project that I got involved with. This project highlights and showcases 350 visionary women in a variety of fields in order to inspire young girls all over the world. I also paint original fine art of my own subject matter, as well as provide mentorships in art.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I paint portraits for my clients. This is often from life, but also often from photos, including old black and white references that I bring to full color and detail. As for my original fine art, it is figurative in nature. A lot of it are scenes from my travels across Asia and Europe.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
I advise to acquire business savvy by studying books and to think bigger. Target and brand yourself intelligently. Stop trying to sell art for cheap to people that can’t afford it. Have a strong online presence. Work with big names. Failure is not an option.