Rinat Shingareev is out to capture the essence our era through the power of pop art. An artist who paints oil portraits of the most famous faces of today, he works in the bold and bright colors reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Shingareev went to art school in Russia, where he was raised. He explored many courses, from interior design to web design and showed many of his paintings in gallery shows.He finished his education in Italy, where he graduated with honors from the Fine Art Academy. After graduation, he continued painting and exhibiting in group shows throughout Italy, Germany, and Austria. He also worked with magazines such as MAXIM (Italy), ZEIT Magazine (Germany), Forbes Magazine (Latvia, Estonia), among others. The artist currently lives and works in Italy.
Shingareev’s paintings juxtapose famous figures like Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, Madonna, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West with startling symbolism like the Wonder Woman costume (Obama) or a giant bunny (Bush). The inferences drawn from these combinations are an interesting commentary on the well-known faces in today’s society. Shingareev’s Facebook and Blogspot proclaim him as ‘The Best Artist Alive’. Whether that is true or not is in the eye of the beholder.