Evander Holyfield Portrait

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Evander Holyfield Portrait
Original oil & acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 inch
Embellished with gold leaf, real diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

Commissioned by the American Icon Awards honoring 2019 nominee Evander Holyfield.

Evander Holyfield is a boxing legend and a true American icon. Nicknamed “The Real Deal”, he is the only four-time world heavyweight champion and exemplifies Forgiveness for his infamous fight with Mike Tyson.

Evander Holyfield Portrait is to be signed by the sports star himself and auctioned off for the benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the American ICONS Awards ceremony.

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American ICON Awards

American Icon Awards – honoring Excellence in Leadership in the Business, Entertainment and Sports Industries – is a philanthropic organization established in 2014. Its annual gala has quickly become one of the celebrated events of the award season, attracting an international media audience. Tatyana was commissioned to paint portraits of the 2019 nominees – Al Pacino, Evander Holyfield, Robert DeNiro and Quincy Jones.

Evander Holyfield is a boxing legend and a true American icon. Nicknamed “The Real Deal”, he is the only four-time world heavyweight champion and exemplifies Forgiveness for his infamous fight with Mike Tyson.

About the Painting

Evander Holyfield is a boxing legend and a true American icon. Nicknamed “The Real Deal”, he is the only four-time world heavyweight champion and exemplifies Forgiveness for his infamous fight with Mike Tyson. Painted to honor Evander Holyfield, nominated by the American ICON Awards in 2019 for his contribution to the Sports Industry. This large 4 x 5 foot oil painting is vibrant and dynamic with powerful composition and energy. The torso of this boxer is imposing, confident and ready for battle. Measuring 5 feet tall, it makes a statement of Holyfield’s undisputed status as a world champion. Dramatic combinations of reds, greens and gold escalate tension, with red paint dripping down hints at the the combative nature of boxing. The gold halo reminiscent to the Italian Renaissance icons symbolizes athletes desire for excellence and determination to win. As a devout Christian, Holyfield’s key to success has been his faith. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13, his favorite Bible verse is written in gold.

For the artist this piece was “like a boxing match, rapid, bold, decisive and strong. I wanted to convey the intensity of the fight with the power of color and light.”. Inspired by the Old Master’s, her oil paintings surprise with luminosity and depth of color, achieved by multiple glazes. What is unique about her works is the use of natural materials, from plants & feathers to diamonds & gold. This painting is richly embellished with faceted genuine diamonds, rubies, emeralds and gold leaf.

Art for Charity

The American Icon Awards fosters three major support initiatives: joint efforts with children’s hospitals and to assist inner-city education. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and Autism Movement Therapy are two of American Icon’s partner charities. Evander Holyfield Portrait is to be signed by the star himself and auctioned off for the benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the American ICONS Awards ceremony.  See Tatyana’s Art for Charity collection.

About Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is a boxing legend and a true American icon. Nicknamed “The Real Deal”, he is the only four-time world heavyweight champion and as a Christian man, exemplifies Forgiveness for his infamous fight with Mike Tyson in 1997.

Holyfield is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and at heavyweight in the early 1990s, and remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes. Holyfield is the only four-time world heavyweight champion, having held the unified WBA, WBC, and IBF titles from 1990 to 1992; the WBA and IBF titles again from 1993 to 1994 and between 1996 and 1999; and the WBA title for a fourth time from 2000 to 2001. (Source: Wikipedia)

Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II 1997 billed as “The Sound and the Fury” and afterwards infamously referred to as “The Bite Fight”, was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear and Tyson was disqualified from the match.

Larry King Interview

Watching Larry King’s interview Mike Tyson & Evander Holyfield: Heavyweight Boxing Legends will make you warm and fuzzy. Evander admitted that he was thinking about retaliation, and biting Tyson’s ear off, what stopped him is his faith in God, Forgiveness and the words “Keep your mind on the Lord” shouted by his coach.   Two former fierce rivals, now that are both are retired from boxing they befriended each other and are close friends today. Watch Youtube Video.

Through the Holyfield Foundation and other charitable organizations this sports celebrity helps disadvantaged young people become healthy, successful and productive adults.

Progress Studio Photos

About the Artist

Tatyana Zen is a Russian-American visual artist, best known for her Celebrity Portraits. Classically trained, she has established herself as a contemporary portrait painter inspired by the Old Masters. Tatyana’s Imaginative Realism oil paintings fuse Pop Culture with Modern Spirituality rendering familiar subjects in a new provocative light. Using color, dramatic light, precious gemstones and exquisite glazing technique, her larger-than-life portraits dazzle and excite! Read About Tatyana Zen

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