Born in 1965 in Penza, Pavel Pokidyshev is a Russian artist, member of the Union of Artists of Russia, now living in St. Petersburg. His art is based on historical artistic traditions, expressive elements, images and symbols. Pokidyshev’s work has become the embodiment of modern ideas of St. Petersburg in painting and drawing. However, Pavel Pokidyshev creates his own world in the paintings populated by characters who seem to come from the era of the late Renaissance, or from the brilliant eighteenth century. He studied at Penza art school (1980 – 1984). Then, in St. Petersburg Academy of Arts of IE Repin (1987-1993). His solo exhibitions took place in Russia and abroad – Guildford in the UK; Berlin, Esslingen, Potsdam in Germany; Kirkenes, Oslo, Bergen in Norway; Delft, The Netherlands. Beautiful Renaissance paintings by Pavel Pokidyshev evoke associations with vintage music boxes with secret springs, strings and bells. However, looking at the work of Pavel Pokidyshev one can easily imagine the costumed holiday music. Akin to this magical sounds – spicy smell of unknown spirits, breathing the aroma of autumn grass or leafing through old volumes, the pages of which come to us with the heroes of forgotten legends. Sleep and dream – not just a favorite topic of Pavel Pokidyshev, but a breeding ground of his fantasies and creative foundation of metaphysics. Pavel Pokidyshev’s picturesque world is open to thoughtful contemplation and reflection. But each of his artistic expression requires the viewer sensitive and wise reading, which is bound to respond sympathetic echo in his heart.