After graduating from the St. Petersburg Academy of Art in 1977 and becoming a member of Artists’ Union of Russia in 1979, Viacheslav Mikhailov began his career as an official artist, and achieved the highest honor by receiving Lenin’s Komsomol Prize. However, in his free time Mikhailov painted different types of pictures with associative and allegorical subjects, often in violent and bloody conflict, reminiscent of some of Francis Bacon’s works. Mikhailov’s style can be characterized by a highly expressive, almost sculptural surface, which is achieved by using gypsum padding and heavy impasto. Mikhailov has been an active participant in more than 200 solo and group exhibitions in Russia and abroad. In addition, his works occupy several major Russian and European museums and private collections.