The Colorful World of Maitre Andrew Vicari
About the artist: Maitre Andrew Vicari, who has been named European Artist of the Year, christened ‘King of Painters, Painter of Kings’ by Pierre Galante of Paris Match, and dubbed ‘Marco Polo 11’ by the Chinese Ambassador in Paris. Mr. Vicari is recognized as one of the world’s most powerful painters and he was ranked 18th in a list of the 500 top earners in Britain for the year 2000 (12 places higher than the Queen of England), according to a study by the Sunday Times. He was invited by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China to be the fourth Occidental artist to exhibit in Beijing, his precursors being Rodin, Miro and Chagall. At the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg, a portrait of the founder of Communism was taken down by the Mayor, Anatoly Sobtchak, who exclaimed “I am replacing Marx with Vicari”. Among other accolades, Vicari was presented with the prestigious Prix European des Beaux Arts; this prize was given under the presidency of Madame Claude Pompidou and was awarded by the European Parliament and the Council for Cultural Excellence. Pictured below: “The Rape of Kuwait”, 1992.
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