Russian artist Igor Galanin (b. 1937) began as an artist in Soviet Russia by illustrating children's books and designing sets for the Moscow ballet theater. His desire for a career as an artist in the Western tradition took him and his young family to Rome, where he had his first solo exhibition in 1972.

Upon arriving that same year in the United States, he had shows in some small and lovely places for example, an exhibit at the Red Barn Gallery on Fisher's Island. His surreal style combines pop images from the paintings of Richard Lindner and the Cubist work of Max Ernst and Marc Chagall.