Oil painting of an astronaut
Pavel Sokov, "Buzz Aldrin – Giant Leap for Mankind," oil on linen, 40 x 30 in.

Buzz Aldrin – Giant Leap for Mankind
By Pavel Sokov
40 x 30 in.
Oil on Linen
Available through the artist
Prints available

In my view, the moon landing of July 20th, 1969, is one of the most beautiful and dignified acts that humanity ever accomplished. The striving to do the impossible, to be eternally curious is what distinguishes us from other animals. I hope to see humanity return to taking space exploration seriously as to me it is a graceful act that gives us something to be proud of and unifies us as one human race.

This painting is among the six portraits in my “Gravitas” series which focuses on my heroes of science. I felt that we don’t appreciate our scientists anymore and don’t consider how much positive impact they make on our quality of life. I wanted to start a series that celebrates these heroes and their amazing accomplishments. So far, I have represented Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, George Washington Carver, Jonas Salk and Buzz Aldrin. The ultimate goal is to paint the portraits of contemporary scientists whose works are paving the way for progress.

I am focusing on finding an institutional collector for these science pieces such as a museum, university, institute, or corporation. If you are part of an institution that you think may benefit from having one of my science paintings, I would love to be in contact and see what is possible. If you have any suggestions for which scientists I should paint and celebrate, please send me your suggestions to my email [email protected].

I invite you to see what else I am painting over at my website (www.pavelsokov.com) or Instagram (@pavelsokov). If you are curious about the process of commissioned portrait painting, you can find out more here.