Born in East Los Angeles, Metrov began his professional life in New York City in 1970 working as a designer/illustrator for world-renowned Push Pin Studios, then as a Fine Arts painter in a loft studio across the street from Andy Warhol’s Factory. He studied painting with Gilbert Stone, a Prix di Rome Scholar, whose mentor was the late, great Gregory Gillespie.
Having exhibited in NYC & Los Angeles, Metrov’s paintings currently reside in numerous collections worldwide. Patterson Sims (former curator New York Whitney Museum), Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Keith Richards, Ben Vereen, Robert Zemeckis, and Margaux Hemingway are a few of the aficionados who have collected his work. He left his mark on America’s 1970’s sub-culture as Tony Coca-Cola, singer/guitarist of the Roosters—first country-punk band in the world.
After ten years, he added motion pictures to his repertoire when he realized films had the potential to be paintings that moved and made sound. Following an extensive stint in the film business, writing (screenplays & novels), directing, producing—the whole time continuing to paint, exhibit, and produce art videos—he is now fully focused on painting and sculpture. His main influences are Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Walt Disney, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, Gregory Gillespie, Jim Nutt, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Frank Stella.