Vladimir Viktorovich Proshkin was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in the family of Viktoria Belakovskaya and Viktor Proshkin, famous artists from St. Petersburg, who finished the school led by K. S. Petrov-Vodkin and A.E. Karev. He finished an art school of Russian Academy of Arts (1944-1951) and graduated form Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1951-1957) which became the professional basis which got foot of the ladder of his creativity in the end of 1950s.
He is a wonderful artist who looks at the world like an amazed infant, but he is wise enough to understand its complexity. Vladimir travels a lot and he never parts from his sketch-book. He paints landscapes, including urban ones, and still-life paintings. In his portfolio there are pieces of nature of Russia, the Ukraine, Latvia, and Karelia, sketches made in tours in Italy, France, Finland, and Hungery. He works mainly with oil-paint and water color. The special theme of his works is St. Petersburg.
There are his works in collections of the Russian Museum, the State Museum of History of St. Petersburg, the National Pushkin Museum, the Summer Garden and Palace of Peter I Museum, Omsk Picture Gallery, RAUMA-REPOLA Gallery in Finland, Seoul Museum of Modern European Art and some private collections in Russia, the USA, Finland and Japan.