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Valentin Popov

Valentin Popov’s evolution as an artist amalgamates his stringent fine art training in Ukraine and his absorption of modern popular culture in the United States, where he has resided as a citizen for the past twenty years. In his mature work, Popov has always been obsessed with the notion of the superhero both as a savior and at times, also a sacrificial victim leading to sainthood. There is humor and irony in his work, but beneath that seeming superficiality is a seriousness of purpose.


Hearts in San Francisco Project

The Hearts in San Francisco project debuted in 2004 with 131 heart sculptures, created by local Bay Area artists and auctioned by the Foundation in support of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

The Foundation raised nearly 3 million dollars for ZSFG in that first year. Today, we carry on this tradition by commissioning and auctioning a new set of hearts each year. The funds raised support those delivering on the promise of accessible and equitable health care for all in our city.

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2024 Hearts

20th Anniversary Hearts