was born in 1944 in Moscow, Russia and started his art education in
1956 working in a well known art studio for talented young artists.
In 1960, he was accepted into the V. Surikov Moscow State Art University
and pursued his degree in the Graphic Arts Department. There, he studied
under the tutelage of Professor V. Degtiyrev. Surikov University still
preserves Chernatin’s sketches and portraits as examples of their
student’s best work. Chernatin graduated in 1966.
In 1970, he was admitted as a member of the Union of Professional Artists.
His first art show took place in 1963 and since then, he exhibited twice
a year at the Union’s renowned spring and fall art shows.
He illustrated over 30 books for children and adolescents, one of which
was selected as Book of the Year (“Don’t cry Amanita”
in 1978). His paintings can be found in museums in Russia and other
countries that were part of the former Soviet Union as well as in numerous
private collections throughout the world: Japan, Netherlands, Great
Britain, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.
In 1978 he was elected a member of the Commission for Conservation of
Architecture and National Monuments.
Starting in 1985 he was an active member of the First Democratic Party
and devoted a lot of energy to changing the political system in Russia.
In 1989, Chernatin was elected Senator in the first Moscow Democratic
Government, and was appointed Chairman of Moscow’s Commission
of Historic Architectural Milieu, while continuing his career as an
He died in October, 1993 as an effect of the bombing of the Russian
Government Building best known as the Russian White House.
He was one of the Russian people who were brave enough to stand up and
fight for democratic values while the country was under communist regime,
and sacrifice his talent and his life to the tragic process known as“