Vladimir Dikarev was born in 1949 in Berdyansk, southern city near the
Azov sea. From the early childhood he was immersed in the process of
depicting the world around him. When he was 10 years old, he entered
Art School in Berdyansk where he studied drawing, painting, sculpture,
composition, and art history for four years. After completing Art
School at the age 14, Vladimir moved to one of the most beautiful city
of the western Ukraine, Uzhgorod, where he entered the Uzhgorod
College of Fine Arts.
The atmosphere in that area was more liberal compared to the other
cities of Ukraine because it was closer to the West where traditions
of the free world were not destroyed by Soviet power. Besides
receiving strong academical education in college, Vladimir was exposed
to the underground ideas of western and eastern philosophy. He
belonged to the group of progressive youth who shared views and
interests alternative to those of the mainstream Soviet culture. He
studied Eastern philosophy, poetry, and religion, and that was
reflected in his works.
In 1968 he received his college diploma in monumental arts with
highest honors from Uzhgorod College of Fine Arts. At age 20, Vladimir
started to work as the monumental artist producing work commissioned
by the state - murals, stain glasses, mosaics, and stelas. At the same
time secretly Vladimir was creating his surrealistic drawings and
paintings. Legal creation and exhibition of those pieces was not
possible because of the state censorship issues. Nevertheless,
Vladimir continued to paint and draw expressing his views in his own
With the arrival of Perestroika, the whole artistic world back in
Ukraine has dramatically changed and finally it was legal to exhibit
his private works. From 1988 on, Vladimir Dikarev has actively been
exhibiting his works in Ukraine, Russia and throughout Europe. He also
worked as an illustrator of children's books and movies.
Vladimir Dikarev lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota since 1997.