Mr. Boris Lyubner is an illustrator, art professor, and award-winning artist. He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he began his artistic training at age eight—first at the children’s art studio in the Palace of Pioneers, then for four years at the prestigious Fine Arts School #1.
He followed that with two years of intensive art training in the Prep School, after which he completed an MFA with honors from Stieglitz St. Petersburg State Arts and Industry Design Academy, one of the most prestigious fine art institutes in Europe.

After immigrating to the US, Boris established a successful carrier as a nationally known advertising illustrator, with corporate clients in the US and abroad. His distinctive style of paintings have appeared on the covers of premier magazines, corporate publications, and advertising campaigns, as well as have been used in prestigious annual reports, billboards and murals. Many of his original paintings have been purchased separately for company board rooms, the interiors of company headquarters, and corporate museums.

Since 2011, he has been an adjunct professor at San Francisco Academy of Art University and several New York universities, teaching fine art and illustration courses onsite and online. Mr. Lyubner is an active member of the Art Students League of NY, exhibiting in San Francisco and New York. He continues working on his fine art projects from his home studio in Brooklyn.
Bank of America
Standard & Poor's
Ernst & Young
Stolichnaya Vodka
Automechanika Trade Shows
Bridgestone Tires
Computer Retailer
Epson Computers
Acer Computers
Budget Gourmet
Hewlett Packard
Lilly Takeda
Certified Grocers of California
Merrill Lynch
Tandem Computers
PC World
CMP Publishing
Mac World Expo
Sverdrup Corporation
The Business Round Table
State of Arizona
Performance Food Group
Viking Kitchen
ADS Environmental
University of Phoenix
Armstrong Industries
American Airlines
Dolby Laboratories
Shell Oil
Compaq Computers
Willis Insurance Group
Cygnus Corporation
Duty Free Shops
American Academy Of Orthopedic Surgeons
Norton Software
Cooper Surgical
3Com Corporation
Compaq Computers
Willis Insurance Group
Cygnus Corporation
Duty Free Shops
Norton Software
Cooper Surgical
3Com Corporation
Kaiser Permanente
Century-National Insurance
Calypso Technology
ADT Automotive
First Financial Bancorp
Lincoln Mercury
California Lottery
South Bell
From a very early age, I was driven to draw and paint. I am not sure why it started; perhaps I was inspired by the numerous extraordinary art museums of St. Petersburg in Russia – Hermitage, Russian Art Museum, and many others – as well as by simply wandering through the architectural splendor of my home city, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and its beautiful everyday life. When I was eight, my parents placed me in a prestigious art school that led me to one of the best art academies in the country, the Stieglitz Academy of Art and Design. Rigorous classical training in fine art and education in design allowed me to pursue the opportunities and follow my passion to be creative, and to pursue art as my life’s work. I went through different phases in my career, such as industrial and graphic design, corporate and advertising concept illustrations, until I finally moved to fine art a few years ago.

I take particular joy in observing the nuances of everyday life; En Plein Air sessions – in the city, by the water, on the road – take me outside to experience the mystique of lighting. This is how I am practicing landscape and still life paintings. It is my laboratory and my training ground. But the strongest inspiration of all is the endless diversity of people, their shapes, their colors, their characters, and the emotions their body language expresses. I regard myself as a figurative artist: more than anything, I like the challenges of depicting a human body or a face, in every unique detail, capturing the models’ facial expressions as well as transferring my feelings about them, triggering my thoughts and associations. It’s a deeply satisfying process, which starts from the first touch of a blank canvas or a paper, by oil on my palette knife or by watercolor on my brush, or with charcoal in my hand.

When I finish a painting, the artistic process is far from over. The ultimate goal of my undertaking is to see how my explorations of the depth of space, of harmony of colors and of lines in the composition, and my creation’s sheer artistic energy will strike not just me, but also other observers in the gallery. I hope that the subject matter may affect them the same way as it is inspired me when I started the painting. I seek to capture life in front of me in a way that engages the viewer in a visual dialogue, moving forward and backward across the plane of my canvass.

To this day, every time I am in front of the easel, I experience both a palpable excitement and a clearing of the head. I like converting this energy into my work. I feel empowered during such work. I feel elated when I like the result when people like the result. I relish all the feelings that rush through me during the act of creating an artwork. Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage.” I like his sentiment, and I like the fact that it comes from a man who was fascinated with shapes and colors as much as I am. Art has a very strong impact on my life, and I value my life’s interaction with art, channeling love and courage into the visual language of shapes and colors.