Valeriy Kagounkin was born in the Chuvash Republic of Russia in 1959. He works predominantly in the medium of paint. Valeriy attended children’s Art School in Siberia, and later graduated from Krasnoyarsk Junior Art College with honors. He was accepted to the Moscow Academy of Art of V. Surikov in 1982. After graduating, he returned to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia to teach fine art at the Junior Art Academy.
Valeriy was awarded the United Nations Silver Medal #193 in 2012 for a body of work on Siberia Pre-Revolution. In 2013 and 2014, he was awarded the Big Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Arts. In 2014, Valeriy became a permanent member of the Russian Academy of Arts – established in 1775.
In the U.S, he has won the Phippen Family Award from the Phippen Museum, 2015, The Art of the West Award at the Phippen Museum Show, 2015, Phippen Foundation Award 2015, Best Acrylic Phippen Museum 2017, Best Acrylic at the Old West Museum Show in Cheyenne, WY, 2015, and People’s Choice Award, Cattlemen’s Art Show 2016. “Rider, Pony Express” sold at the Russell Event Auction 2016.
His works hang in the Contemporary Museum of Moscow, and the Historian Museum of Siberia, as well as private collections all over the world. Today, Valeriy’s paintings concentrate on his people, the indigenous natives of Russia and Siberia and their North American counterpart, the Native American, as well as the cowboy and others who built the American West.