Russian master Николай Блохин was born in St. Petersburg. His education in art began very early at the Art School for Gifted Children in 1980, and continued through his postgraduate work and professorship at the prestigious St. Petersburg Academy of Art. With more than 20 years of artistic studies Николай is a young master with unequaled genius. His paintings are the embodiment of the classics with a contemporary approach. The unique style of his paintings has not gone without notice.
- 1996 - Awarded the Russian Academy of Arts prestigious gold medal award for "Young Artist of the Year";
- 1999 - Awarded Grand Prize in "Window to the China" Exhibition/Competition, Russia-China;
- 2002 - Awarded Grand Prize in the American Society of Portrait Artists At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City;
- 2004 - Awarded Best of Show in International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America, Boston, USA.