BIOGRAPHY>complete biography

Muhadin Kishev was born in 1939 in the village of Chegem II, near the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria in the Caucasus, in the former Soviet Union. In 1965 he graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Krasnodar and at the same time was awarded the medal for acrobatic aviation, so completing his Military service.

In 1973 he was admitted to the Union of Artists and during the first 20 years of his artistic career worked in the Monumental Arts which gave him greater freedom of expression. He made several professional trips to Poland, Germany, Italy, Nepal and to India.

The early days of Perestroika in Russia, saw the creation of a group of young, talented professional artists with Muhadin at their head as mentor, for which he was awarded the prize of “Lenin Comsomol”. The group painted in the Artists’ Residences “Baikal” and “Goriachi Kliuch”, where in Soviet times free expression had been restricted. Their work was often censured, and so it was with Muhadin, whose pictures were excluded for not conforming to Social Realism – pictures which were later to enjoy great success in Russia and beyond. In 1994 already in his maturity, instead of resting on his laurels, he was invited to spend four years in London to work as visiting artist in the highly experimental atmosphere of the Chisenhale studios in East London, where he had a number of successful exhibitions, among which was one in aid of the war children in the Caucasus.

While still a child, he heard the “call of the South” and since 1998 he has been living and working in Andalusia in his Studio in Los Caños de Meca in the Province of Cadiz, where in the year 2000 at the University Hospital of Puerto Real, he had a life-saving operation by the team of surgeons under the command of Dr. Miguel Velasco.

Muhadin takes part regularly in charity exhibitions such as the Gorbachev Foundation for sick children, “Children in crisis” in London, the APNA in Cadiz and his own solo exhibition in London´s Trafalgar Square for the children in Chechnya. With the creation of the Kishev Art Foundation he has organised auctions of his own paintings for the orphanages in Kabardino-Balkaria.

Muhadin divides his time between his Studios in Spain and in Moscow, where he attends to matters of Contemporary Art in the Academy and works on new artistic projects. He is frequently invited as guest artist to give master classes to students, where he shares with others the techniques of the Russian School of Art, developed by him over a lifetime of dedication.

Muhadin Kishev’s work is permanently on show in Spain, in the Gallery “MossCo Art World” in Puerto Real, and in his Studio in Los Caños de Meca, in the Province of Cadiz.  It may also be seen in his Studio in Moscow, the Gallery Vincent and in the MMoMA - the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, which has a selection of his latest work in its permanent exhibition. The Museum of Fine Arts in Nalchik proudly owns a collection of over 100 paintings from the Soviet period of the artist.

1939 Born in the village Chegem II, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia.

Studied Fine Art at Krasnodar University, Russia.
First class medal for aerobatic flying.

1966-87 Worked in monumental art, specialising in murals & mosaics.
1972 Travelled as visiting artist to Poland & Germany.
1973 Appointed a member of the Union of Artists, USSR.
1976 Travelled as visiting artist to Italy.

Tutor to most promising Young Artists in the Artists’ Residences Goryachi Klyuch on the Black Sea, and  Baikal  in Siberia.


Travelled as visiting artist to India & Nepal.

1993 Appointed member of the International Union of Artists.
1994-98 Guest artist at the Chisenhale Studios, London.
1996 Travelled as visiting artist to Gambia & Senegal, Africa.
1997 Travelled as visiting artist to Scotland.

Travelled as visiting artist to Belgium & France.
Since ´98 lives & works in Spain, in his Studio in Los Caños de Meca.


Life-saving operation in the University Hospital of Puerto Real, Cadiz, by the team of surgeons under Dr. Miguel Velasco.


Muhadin´s 70th anniversary,, with exhibitions in Spain, Russia and London.

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