Nikolai Modorov's “small homeland” was Mstyora, the famous village of icon painters and Russian lacquer miniature work, and this factor could hardly fail to influence his manner of painting, his technique and perception of nature. Nikolai lost both his parents at an early age, and was looked after by relatives. The famous painter Fyodor Modorov, the artist’s uncle, greatly influenced him. After graduating from ‘Mukha’ – Leningrad’s Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Industry – Modorov returned to Vladimir. There, the preparations for the celebration of the 850th anniversary of the founding of the city were in full swing, and artists were busy making monumental paintings, producing murals and designing mosaics. Nikolai Modorov became actively involved in these preparations. His early paintings were full of youthful romanticism, as the artist praised the present and idealised the future. Success came to him at the beginning of the 1960s, with exhibitions in the Soviet Union and abroad. His manner of painting became relaxed and cheerful - he painted the old Russian towns, Vladimir, Suzdal, Murom, Torzhok, and, of course, his native Mstyora. The artist was happily married with two children - his son Oleg would later follow the family tradition and become a painter. Nikolai Modorov became a household name on the wave of the creative rise of the Khrushchev Thaw. He managed to retain his artistic energy till the end of his life, becoming one of the key artists of the celebrated Vladimir school of painting.