Vladimir Shinkarev was born in 1954 in Leningrad. He graduated from the geological department of Leningrad State University. He was taking courses at the High Art-Industrial School named after V. I. Mukhina and at the Art Institute named after I. E. Repin. In 1985 his book under the title ‘’The Mitkis’’ gave way to the Mitkis’ movement. His works are in the collections of the State Tretiakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the State Hermitage, Central Exhibition Hall ‘’Manege’’(St. Petersburg), the Museum of the History of the City (St. Petersburg), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Norton Dodge (Zimmerly Museum, New Jersey, the USA) and in numerous private collections in Russia and abroad.