Contemporary Russian-American artist Nikita Budkov was born in Zvenigorod, a suburb of Moscow, Russia on August 16, 1995. As a young boy, he enjoyed reading classic fairytales, science fiction novels, and comics, which all helped shape his imagination and eventually inspired him to express his thoughts through pencil drawings. During his teen years, he became a fan of British and American rock and was later exposed to various genres including symphonic music. Budkov says, “Music is an eternal companion on my career journey.”

As a child, Nikita received his training at the Children’s Art School Program in Odintsovo and successfully graduated with honors. He then enrolled in an architectural course at the Moscow Architecture Institute with the goal of becoming a professional architect. However, his life changed greatly after he had an opportunity to come to the United States of America in 2012 as an exchange student. Upon graduating from Cotter High School in Minnesota, where he was crowned Homecoming King, Budkov was awarded an honorable mention in Scholastic Art & Writing from the state of Minnesota. From this point, he was inspired to pursue a career in traditional fine art.

Budkov traveled to Los Angeles to study traditional painting from a different perspective and to master his artistic skills. For three years he studied full time at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and taught two classes at LAAFA during the summer of his senior year. Budkov graduated with top honors from LAAFA and is now a member of the widely recognized and prestigious California Art Club as well as Assistant to the renowned California plein air artist Peter Adams.

Nikita Budkov’s painting style is based on contemporary realism, and his visual storytelling often includes mythological and ancient symbolic elements. Artist Statement: “Above all, I appreciate ambient atmosphere, and pursue the mystical and the beautiful qualities of life.”


Selected Awards and Honors

Best Artist Under 30, 9th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition, Plein Air Magazine February/ March

Minnesota State Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Honorable Mention

Selected to create holiday-inspired artwork for Odintsovo Humanitarian Gymnasium, Odintsovo, Russia

Selected Exhibitions

“The Songbook, A Show of Recent Portraits & Landscapes By Nikita Budkov,” Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, September 29,

“Fleeting Moments: Works en Plein Air,” American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, CA

“Student Art Exhibition,” Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Artem Gallery, Los Angeles

“Student Art Exhibition,” Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles

“Children’s Fantasies,” Odintsovo, Russia

Professional Membership

Mentor Program Member, California Art Club

Press and Publications

American Legacy Fine Arts presents Nikita Budkov in FIne Art Connuisseur On-line magazine may, 5, 2020.

Nikita Budkov Featured in Fine Art Connoisseur On-Line Magazine, May 5, 2020

There is a lot of superb contemporary realism being made these days; this article by Allison Malafronte shines light on a gifted individual. NIKITA BUDKOV (b. 1995), a Russian-American painter …

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Nikita Budkov in Winners Circle Plein Air Salon, Plein Air Magazine December 2019

Nikita Budkov chosen for the Winners’ Circle , Artist Under 30, Plein Air Salon by Plein Air Magazine, December 2019

WINNERS’ CIRCLE Kathryn Mapes Turner, owner of Turner Fine Art, crowns her picks for the top paintings in the August-September competition.

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Nikita Budkov Recognized as 21 Under 31 by Southwest Art Magazine, September 2019

It’s time one again to celebrate the next generation of artists! In the following pages you’ll meet 21 artists under the age of 31 who are worth watching. Some are …

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Nikita Budkov Featured as “Three to Watch” in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine May/June 2019

There is a lot of superb art being made these days; this column by Allison Malafronte shines light on a trio of gifted individuals. NIKITA BUDKOV (b. 1995), a Russian-American …

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American Legacy Fine Arts presents Nikita Budkov in Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, March 2019.

Nikita Budkov in Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art Blog Post, March 2019

Once again, LAAFA shined at the 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition held b the California Art Club.  This year brought an array of diverse artworks as well as a handful …

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