Thank you for all your guesses!
|Kongar-ol Ondar oil on panel 5.5" x 6"|
This guy is Kongar-ol Ondar (March 29, 1962 – July 25, 2013)
who was a throatsinger from Tuva, a small Russian republic north of Mongolia.
I thought he was so interesting when I happened to run across a YouTube video of him on the Letterman show that I took a screen shot and thought I might make a "Faces" of him.
When I learned that he recently died at the age of 51 (!) I thought I would do this as a sort of tribute to him. He seemed a very nice, jolly guy.
I did find myself smiling as I was painting him!
I guess it is said that throatsinging is very hard on the body. He died of a massive brain hemorrhage.
The Los Angeles Times had THIS article on him.
With this painting, I have 9 to form a nice square,
so perhaps I will have them up in an exhibit someday!
Thank you so much for viewing my art.