Ron Rophar

Ron  Rophar


One of the few American artists to have one of his paintings hanging in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, this native native Southern Californian artist was invited to the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1971, for a formal reception and presentation of the painting. His portrayal of the Prima Ballerina, May Plistskaya, performing the dying Swan Queen from Tschikovski's Swan Lake, was presented as a gift to the people of the Soviet Union.

An artist of exceptional versatility, Rophar is self schooled in his craft - a fact which contributed to his familiarity with and mastery of so varied a range of techniques and subjects - for his imagination and his instincts have never been confined or blunted by a preoccupation with any single school of artistic tradition.

Thus, he is a portraitist possessing the rare ability to capture the true personality of his subject. No less is the "personality" of the inanimate immortalized on his still life canvasses. As well, he excels in breathtakingly vital landscapes and depiction's of members of the animal kingdom.

His subjects are limited only by his almost limitless imagination; certainly not by any boundary to his talent, which has given him mastery of every subject to which he has turned his efforts. The variety of his work must literally be seen to be believed. Perhaps it is not incredible, then, that Rophar is also a sculptor of consummate skill.

Impresario James A. Doolittle commissioned him to paint a study of Anna Pavlova, after seeing the Plisetskaya canvas which is in the Bolshoi. Ruth St. Dennis commissioned portraits of herself in costumes and themes, for her autobiography. Actress Debbie Reynolds has his name in her files, for portraits of the stars in her planned Hollywood Museum.

Other persons of note who have commissioned his paintings are : Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Bergan, Marie Windsor, Kathryn Grayson, Liberace, Mr. Blackwell, Lady Lawford, the Baroness von Boehm, the Countess Ria Visser, Alberta Richmond, Mr. Jack Hupp, Tony Charmalli, Reverend Eugene Ewing, Rusty Warren, Charles Burke, Jay Robinson, Robert Uglesich, Terry H. Helgesen, Sheldon W. Andelson, "The Doggery" of Beverly Hills, and numerous others.

His last one-man exhibit was held at the 21 Turtle Creek Club in Dallas, Texas.

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