Vitali Vladimirovich Klitschko was born on July 19, 1971, in Kyrgyzstan.
As a boxer, Klitschko is a three-time world heavyweight champion. He held the WBO title from 1999 to 2000, The Ring magazine title from 2004 to 2005 and the WBC title twice, from 2004 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2013.
He became actively involved in politics already during his boxing career. He retired in 2013 with a record of 47-2 and currently serves as Mayor of Kiev. He is the older brother of Wladimir Klitschko.
The quality of his work and his popularity rank him among the most successful and sought-after current American painters.
Born in New York in 1941, Stephen Holland is best known for his portraits of athletes and celebrities.
Holland attended The School of Art and Design, Art Students League, The School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute.
Stephen Holland has garnered the respect given to a master painter, witnessed by the numerous commissions and accolades he received in the field of music and sports, including The American Sport Art Museum and Archives, Los Angeles Kings, ’96 Olympics, The GRAMMY’s, LA Dodgers, Major League Baseball, Baltimore Ravens, Colorado Avalanche and proud, private collectors worldwide.
Holland’s most famous paintings have been of fighters and particularly Muhammad Ali, with whom he had a special friendship.
As a young painter, Holland could not afford to hire live models. The images he found in boxing magazines became his subjects.
Years later, and in the world of boxing alone, Holland will be asked to paint just about every major name in the history of the sport: Tyson, Leonard, De La Hoya, Chavez, Klitschko, Marciano, Frazier and of course Muhammad Ali.
Holland is the master of painting the “tough guys.” There is struggle and triumph, grit and glory, humanity and spirit, in every Holland painting.
His latest boxing painting was a portrait of Gennady Golovkin, commissioned by GGG’s management to be used in the promotion of his fight against Kell Brook in London’s O2 Arena.