The name of this artist became known after a discovery made in the 1970s in the small town of Soligalich, Russia. 14 portraits signed and dated by the artist were found, all of them came from the estate of Nerovo, situated near Soligalich, which in the 18th century belonged to the noble family of Cherevins.
Nothing, but the name, is known about the painter. Was he a serf of the Cherevins, or just executed the portraits for their family gallery? His manner shows that he, at least for sometime, studied iconography.
Russian Portrait of the 18th and 19th centuries in Russian Museums. Moscow. 1976.
De l’histoire du realisme dans la peinture russe. Moscow. 1982.
Rescued Beauty By Savely Yamszhikov. Moscow. 1986.