American Foundation for the Blind Welcomes George Pocheptsov to National Board
New York (March 24, 2014)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)—one of the nation’s oldest organizations devoted to expanding possibilities for people with vision loss—announced the election of George Pocheptsov to its national board. Pocheptsov was elected during the organization’s February 2014 Board of Trustees meeting.
"George is an incredibly talented artist who has already reached an extraordinary level of success,” said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "Yet even more impressive is his commitment to helping others, which aligns perfectly with our mission.”
Completely self-taught, Pocheptsov is often compared by the press to a young Picasso or Chagall. He has received commissions to paint for Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, Celine Dion, Michael Jordan, and Alain Ducasse. Pocheptsov’s journey has taken him to appearances in the nation's capital and on “Oprah.” Pocheptsov is also known for sculptured paintings, a technique he created. He has produced such works for the Mitchell Camera Museum in London and the United Nations’ 60th anniversary exhibition.
Pocheptsov has used his remarkable art career to support a number of important nonprofit causes. In 2004, he was commissioned to create an official U.S. postage stamp for the Brain Tumor Awareness Organization. While still in the third grade, Pocheptsov set up his charitable foundation, which has raised over $8 million for good causes. As an internationally exhibited artist, profiled in the Emmy-winning documentary “A Brush with Destiny,” Pocheptsov has been extensively involved in charitable organizations through his artwork.
Born in 1992 in Philadelphia, Penn., to Ukrainian parents, Pocheptsov lost his father to a brain tumor when he was a toddler. His mother gave him a pencil and some paper to keep him busy, thus beginning his passion for art.
At Harvard, Pocheptsov is currently pursuing the first ever joint concentration in statistics and Slavic languages, and is planning to graduate in 2014. He has worked for Goldman Sachs and Apollo Global Management. During his time at Harvard, Pocheptsov has played on the Harvard Polo Team and was selected as one of the 15 most interesting seniors by the Harvard Crimson. He is a 2014 Soros Fellow.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.