Nikolai was born in 1952 in a small town called Gorlovka, Ukraine. Both of his parents were working on a local factory, but his father since childhood was dreaming about being an artist and painted in his spare time on plein air and portraits of friends and family. For Nikolai painting was as natural as for other people breathing. He painted since he remembers himself. His parents told him that he began to draw before he began walking. He would get upset when a pencil was taken away from him. When his parents wanted him to be quiet, they would give him a notebook and a pencil and he was gone for hours.
At age 6 he began to attend a local art school, and every year was getting awards for best painting on juried shows for children and youth. In 1964 he participated and won first prize at the National Portrait Competition for Youth and Children.
During 1969-1973 he attended and graduated from the Lugansk Art College. During 1973-1979 he attended and graduated with honors from the Moscow Art Academy names after Surikov.
From 1981 to 1991 he participated in twenty regional, republican and all-Union group exhibitions, including Art Mamezh in Moscow. From 1991 until present he shows his work annually on personal exhibitions in museums across the country, as well as in the Central House of Art in Moscow.
The Artists Union of Russia purchased seventeen paintings by Nikolai that are now in fourteen museums across the country. His works are also in private collections including the collection of the ex-president of Russia Boris Eltzin, collection of the Russian ambassador to Great Britain, Russian ambassador to Turkey, Royal Prince of Saudi Arabia, minister of transportation of Spain, Japanese Ambassador in Great Britain, and many others in Russia, Japan, USA, France, Austria, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain. Four of his works are in the main hall of the Japanese Embassy in London.
His main influences are Velasquez, Vermeer, Sharden, Rembrandt, Murillo, Surbaran, artists of Barbizon school. Among American artists he loves Andrew Wyeth. Among Russian school of art he likes Polenov, Savrasov, Repin, Serov, and Surikov.
He loves to paint scenes with children ages 4 to 12, likes to paint landscapes with a lot of light and air. Nikolai is a realistic painter who is trying to find moments of joy, beauty and love in the world around.