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Nikolai Galakhov was born May 29, 1928, in Kazan city, Tatar Republic, USSR, on the Volga River. In 1947 he was admitted into the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, graduating in 1953. In 1954-1956 Galakhov continued his postgraduate study at the Repin Institute of Arts. Since 1951 Galakhov participated in art exhibitions mostly as a master landscape and genre scene painter. He worked in the mediums of oil painting, tempera, pastel, watercolors and pencil drawing.
In 1950s the leading place in art of Galakhov belonged to landscapes of the Volga River. He traveled on the Russian rivers of the Volga, Vetluga and Vyatka, where he painted and did sketches. His paintings are sustained in the strict, almost classical tradition of Russian landscape painting. These travels helped him to diversify his palette and to understand the plastic characteristics of different places. In the 1960s Galakhov discovered Karelia, which became a turning point in his career. He painted numerous sketches and paintings devoted to the nature and the present day of this region. He was particularly attracted to the wild parts of northern nature, untouched by civilization. In 1984 Nikolai Galakhov was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of Russian Federation. His solo Exhibitions were in Leningrad (1988) and St. Petersburg (2010, 2013). Paintings by Galakhov reside in State Russian Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, in the lot of Art museums and private collections in Russia, China, England, in the U.S., Japan, and in other countries.