“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. He has been far more enthusiastic toward experimentation than in seeking gallery renown. This website represents 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.

“My mission is to leave a legacy of historically important art.” Metrov

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. He studied Renaissance oil-painting techniques with Gilbert Stone, a Prix di Rome Scholar, whose mentor was the late, great Gregory Gillespie. Having exhibited in NYC & Los Angeles, Metrov’s paintings currently reside in collections worldwide. Patterson Sims (former curator New York Whitney Museum), Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Keith Richards, Ben Vereen, Robert Zemeckis, and Margaux Hemingway are a few of the aficionados who have collected his work. He left his mark on America’s 1970’s sub-culture as Tony Coca-Cola, singer/guitarist of the Roosters—first country-punk band in the world. After ten years, he added motion pictures to his repertoire when he realized films had the potential to be paintings that moved and made sound. Following an extensive stint in the film business, writing (screenplays & novels), directing, producing—the whole time continuing to paint, exhibit, and produce art videos—he is now fully focused on painting, film, and sculpture. His main influences are Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Walt Disney, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, Gregory Gillespie, Jim Nutt, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Frank Stella.  

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!

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