interest in painting came early in life from the influence of
his father, a well-respected specialist in engineering. His fathers
dream to become an artist could not be realized in post WWII
Soviet Union during Stalins regime era. Being accepted
to Nicolai Fechin Art school in Kazan (Russia), he had to switch
to the school of Engineering and Architecture. My dad never
pushed me into an art career, recalls Zufar, however,
albums of my fathers watercolors and a library of Russian
Fine Art at our home, along with my fathers paints and
brushes this environment became fertile soil for the seed
of my artistic talent to grow."
taking drawing and painting classes at age nine. He was eleven
when he painted his first few plein air works; depicting nearby
village cottages and a horse resting next to a carriage delivering
pies to the local market. He found this kind of painting was
so different from painting a still-life or a model in the art
school studio. He fell in love with landscape painting and started
exploring the language of direct expression of what just in front
When the time
came to choose a college and profession, his soul calling for
need to help people led Zufar to a medical career. During his
study in medical school, residency, and finally a move to the
United States, art never was left behind and continued to be
an essential part of his self-actualization. Zufar was honored
to participate in the exhibit Doctors Paint in the
State Museum of Fine Arts in Kazan and at Yale Medical School.
town and landscapes style lean towards Russian and Soviet era
impressionism. For him art is a continuous experimentation and
growth. Through over a decade, traveling and painting in the
US changed his painting palette to a higher key.
Spur of interest
to plein air painting in the United States brought the artist
to national level competitions, where he won a number of awards.
Among others, Zufar treasures most his several Artist Choice
awards at Plein Air Easton (Maryland). Receiving "Medal
of Honor and Merit" from Kent Art Association (the first
art organization in the US he had joined) is another one of his
most memorable achievements. The Award of Irvine Museum, he received
recently at the Laguna Plein Air national competition (Laguna
Beach, California) is another valuable award he was honored to
His works are widely present in private collections in the United
States from New England to California in the UK,
Spain, and of course in Russia.
Zufar has a number of followers of his art and considers teaching
art another significant point of his artistic career.