ST. GEORGE — This Slavic artist brings walls and ceilings to life with detailed murals and portraits, captivating audiences worldwide.

Andrew Zabela-Zabelin paints a wall mural, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Luba Zabela-Zabelin, St. George News

With a knack for creating museum-quality art, Andrew Zabela-Zabelin is recognized by the American Impressionist Society and has earned praise from fellow artists worldwide. Luba Zabela-Zabelin, Andrew’s wife, shared insights into his artistic journey, revealing his early start in painting at 3 years old.

“He can’t do much else, maybe make tea,” she said with a chuckle. “It’s been his whole life.”

With his father serving as a guiding influence as an artist himself, Andrew Zabela-Zabelin’s artistic journey began in a family deeply immersed in the world of art. Drawing inspiration from his family roots, he embarked on a path of formal art education, honing his skills at the prestigious St. Petersburg Art Institute. It was there that he laid the foundation for his future artistic endeavors, absorbing knowledge and refining his skills.

Following his education, Zabela-Zabelin set his sights on new horizons, eventually making his way to Chicago. Armed with a passion for figurative art and an eye for capturing the essence of bustling cityscapes, he embarked on a journey of artistic exploration and expression.

Artwork by Andrew Zabela-Zabelin inside Arrowhead Gallery includes a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, St. George, Utah, Feb. 27, 2024 | Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News

The fruits of Zabela-Zabelin’s labor have not gone unnoticed. His artwork has found its way into the private collections of art enthusiasts around the world, including notable names like Michael Franzese and Steve Rossi. From the serene landscapes of Sweden and Finland to the bustling streets of Russia, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, his pieces adorn walls, captivating viewers with their imagery.

He spent many years transforming indoor spaces with large-scale murals and ceiling designs, drawing inspiration from the likes of Michelangelo. His works can be seen in various establishments across the globe, including hotels, schools and restaurants, showcasing his meticulous hand-painted technique without the use of stencils. Instead of painting directly on walls, he uses canvas to blend paintings into their backdrops.

Aside from murals, his indoor work has also included painting large columns, fireplaces and more to mimic the look of marble. He also imitates the look of wallpaper trim by painting finely detailed designs. Those who have commissioned his work reportedly have been blown away by his murals of people who appear like statues. The shading and light play tricks on the eyes, and are often mistaken as real statues set into wall cutouts.

A painted portrait by Andrew Zabela-Zabelin is pictured | Photo courtesy of Luba Zabela-Zabelin, St. George News

Zabela-Zabelin’s art has also been exhibited in local venues such as the St. George Art Museum. He has been featured on television programs such as “It’s All About the Arts.” From theatrical set designs to residential commissions, Zabela-Zabelin’s versatility shines through in his diverse portfolio, encompassing classical, art deco, and contemporary styles.

In addition to creating art, the artist has shared his expertise through studio classes focusing on advanced portraiture and painting techniques.

“We’ve never experienced such breathtaking artwork like this before,” said Kathleen Di Lorio of Dior Builders, Inc. “He is professional, precise, courteous, meticulous. Andrew is a talented artist who brings professionalism and precision to his work. He truly is Michelangelo back on earth.”

Andrew Zabela-Zabelin hopes to infuse each of his artwork pieces with a sense of depth, emotion and narrative that will resonate deeply with viewers and art collectors.

For those eager to immerse themselves in Zabela-Zabelin’s creations, the St. George Arrowhead Gallery offers a unique opportunity to experience his artwork firsthand. From captivating portraits to evocative landscapes, visitors can explore a curated selection of his masterpieces, each offering a glimpse into the artist’s imagination.

Arrowhead Gallery is located at 68 E Tabernacle Street A, next to the Electric Theater. Stay updated on his latest creations by following him on Facebook and Instagram.

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