Nikolai Nikolaevich Galakhov was born May 29, 1928, in Kazan city, Tatar Republic, USSR, on the Volga River.
In 1942 Nikolai Galakhov entered in Kazan Art School, which graduated in 1947. In the same year he comes to Leningrad and joined the first course of painting department of the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin. He studied of Leonid Ovsannikov, Josef Serebrany, Piotr Belousov, Juri Neprintsev.
In 1953 Nikolai Galakhov graduated from Ilya Repin Institute in Rudolf Frentz workshop. His graduation work was a genre painting named "Nikolai Nekrasov on the Volga River", dedicated to prominent Russian poet, writer, critic and publisher in the 19 Сentury Nikolai Nekrasov.
On the Volga River. 1993
Since 1949 Nikolai Galakhov has participated in Art Exhibitions. Painted landscapes, genre compositions, worked in oils, tempera, pastel, watercolors, and pencil drawing. Solo Exhibitions by Nikolai Galakhov were in Leningrad (1988) and Saint Petersburg (2010).
In 1950s years in painting of Nikolai Galakhov been dominated by the Volga River landscape, later images of northern Karelia. Northern landscapes of Nikolai Galakhov combined mood of peace and quiet, yet preserved in these places. The artist admits that he is alien to nature, in which there is violence against her by civilization.
In his works Nikolai Galakhov has consistently advocated the principles of picture-landscape, with well-developed plot basis and elements of the genre. Methods of realize of pictorial ideas near to works of known russian landscape painter Arcady Rylov.
In 1984 Nikolai Galakhov was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of Russian Federation.
Nikolai Galakhov is a member of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists (before 1992 - Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation) since 1955.
Paintings by Nikolai Galakhov are in State Russian Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, in the lot of Art museums and private collections in Russia, USA, China, England, Japan, and throughout the world.