Vladimir Sokolov was born in 1932 in the former Yugoslavia. He was trained and educated in Graphic Design and Fine Art. After a visit to USA in 1965, he decided he wanted to make it his home. So in 1966 he returned to start a new life in the United States, becoming a citizen in 1975.
During the early sixties he developed a unique painting style, mixed media-collage influenced by constructivist artist Naum Gabo, a well known teacher from New York. Vladimir’s most recent works are concerned with issues of form, light, and space in the creation of large and mysterious concepts of the Cosmos. Vladimir likes to describe his paintings as “a mixture of acrylic, paper, and music!”
Between 1980 and 2018 he and his wife Lillian, owned their studio gallery in south Laguna Beach, California. The gallery was part of the artist’s working studio and was open daily from 11am to 5pm and by appointment. Lillian managed the day to day running of the Laguna Gallery, which allowed Vladimir to concentrate on creating amazing art pieces. He also displayed in the world famous Festival Of Arts also in Laguna Beach as well as various galleries around the country.
Vladimir, took retirement in 2018, after devoting over 60 years to expressing his art. Although Vladimir has retired, he still opens the paint pots on occasion when the inspiration wave washes over him.