Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1967, Misti started drawing and pastel painting when he was just 5 years old. Immediately he was noted for his tremendous talent with color. Recognizing this ability, his mother took him to the youth department of the world famous Hermitage Museum where Misti was accepted into the painting program for gifted children. The General Curator of the Hermitage, Professor B. Piotrovsky, saw Misti's paintings during an exhibition and requested to become his teacher. Misti was only seven years old then.
In 1979, he began extensive studies at the prestigious art school, organized by the Academy of Fine Art of St. Petersburg, acknowledging gifted children of the arts. At age 17 he was accepted as a student of the Academy, and the Academy President, Professor B. Uvarov, chose Misti as his personal student. Graduating valedictorian from the Academy, his graduate work consisted of a series of seven paintings titled "Porch" for which he received the award of "Best Graduate of the Year".
Misti began frequent travels abroad in 1993. He explored the countryside of France, Italy and Spain carrying his brushes and easel, sleeping in his sleeping bag at night and painting the glorious landscapes by day. He so enjoyed surrounding himself in the environment of Moret sur Loing and Bourron-Marlotte, where his favorite painters Renoir and Sisley had created their best paintings.
It was during his travels through Spain that Misti developed his interest in the Art Nouveau style of such artists as Gaudi and Montaner. Only then did he try his hand painting portraits. Soon thereafter he became highly sought for portrait commissions. He loves to create a romantic setting, using the impressionistic play of light to synthesize the beauty of a woman or a child and beautiful surroundings. Pavlov is a real master— with strengths in drawing figures and the use of a magnificent color pallet. One becomes mesmerized by his works; the paintings become alive and ever changing, opening up and allowing the viewer to see more and more beauty and the hidden meanings within.
Misti has participated in numerous major exhibitions throughout Russia and Europe. His paintings are in several museums (see list below) and various private collections in Russia, Europe, and the United States and are the envy of collectors everywhere. In 2003 his painting of a Bolshoi prima ballerina Volochkova was auctioned and sold for a record price at the prestigious art auction in St Petersburg.
Main solo (or duo with his wife Daria Collegova) expositions:
1995-1997 - Expositions in France, twice a year in different galleries
1997-2000 – Bi-annual Expositions in Spain (Barcelona)
2001 – Exposition in Art Centre “World art Delft”, Delft, The Netherlands
2001-2002 - Museum exposition “Russian art – new generation” Het Slot Zeist, The Netherlands
2003 - Exposition of works by M. Pavlov & D. Collegova, city of Liverdun, France
2004/2005 – Solo Expositions in Spain and France,
2005 - Paintings sold on auctions in St Petersburg, Russia and on luxury cruises worldwide.
2007 – “Retrospective” in the exposition hall “Manezh”, St Petersburg, Russia
2009/2011 – “From Student to Master” exhibition touring twelve major cities in Russian federation starting at Kraevedchesky Museum of Klin and culminating in 2012 in the Kraevedchesky Museum of St Petersburg, Russia
2013 – Exposition of works by M. Pavlov & D. Collegova, Exposition Hall of the Union of Russian Artists, St Petersburg, Russia
2015 - Exposition of works by M. Pavlov & D. Collegova in the Museum of the Imperial Academy o Fine Art, St Petersburg, Russia.
Partial list of group expositions:
1994 – second International Exhibition of Young artists, Moret-sur-Loing, France;
1997 – exhibition “240 years of the St Petersburg Academy of Art”, in Museum of the Academy, St Petersburg, Russia;
1998 – annual “Autumn Exhibition”, Union of Russian Artists Exhibition Hall, St Petersburg, Russia;
1999 – annual “Autumn Exhibition”, Union of Russian Artists Exhibition Hall, St Petersburg, Russia;
2000 – exhibition “Academy of At in XXI century”, Museum of the Academy of Art, Moscow, Russia;
2001 – exhibition “Importante Vente De Tableaux Russes Le Lundi”, France;
2002 – exhibition “Aux Portes De L ‘Art”, France;
2003 – exhibition Liverdun (Espace Corbin), France;
2003 – exhibition in Grez-sur-Loing, France.
2005 - exhibition in Grez-sur-Loing, France.
2007 – Touring group show “Contemporary Russian Art” in Estonia, Finland, Norway.
2008 – 2018 – Misti sells his works on art auctions in Russia (his portrait of famous Russian ballerina Anstasia Volochkova sold for record price at the St Petersburg art auction), as well as in galleries in Russia and the US.
Misti’s paintings held at:
Every year Misti travels to Europe, and spends 3-4 months in France, Spain or Italy. He flies at the beginning of June to different European cities, gets out of the plain, takes bus to nearest small town, preferably near the sea, and starts his foot wonderings throughout the region. Sometimes he sleeps in small inns, sometimes in the country houses of people he meets while he is wondering, sometimes on the fields or in barns. He pays for his food by sketching portraits and landscapes. Best he duplicates and then uses them in his paintings. From time to time he arrives in big cities, goes to museums, meets with other artists at galleries or pubs and bars frequent by local artists. He calls those trips “renovations”, it rejuvenates him, gives him inner strengths carry on, paint during rest of the year. His wife and kids know about their Misti’s needs, and do not even try to stop him.
A curious story:
One evening traveling of roads he came across an old Spanish castle, decided to spend night at its walls, and found great spot behind bushes. Misti woke up early in the morning, to find himself staring at the window into a room where young beautiful and practically naked woman was combing her hair and quietly singing. Misti was unseen by her. He grabbed canvas and with hurrying strokes began to paint. After certain period of time he felt that he is not alone. Behind him was standing a man & looking at his painting. “Don’t say a word” – whispered Misti: “Or charm can disappear”. Men stood silently until young woman dressed in front of their eyes and left the room. “Now time to run” – said Misti. “On the contrary” – answered the man: “This castle is actually my home (and had been ours for centuries), and as a matter of fact, this was my wife. I think she is beautiful and glad you share my opinion. While standing here I was thinking that probably I shall kill you, or at least duel with you, but instead, I will invite you to a breakfast, and since I am not sure I want my naked wife to be hanged in somebody else’s bedroom, I will purchase this paintings from you”. This is how their friendship started, and since this summer, every year Misti spends time with the Duke’s family, and paints portraits of all members of the family, and their friends. Many of his portraits and landscapes are now in important art collections in Spain, Southern France and also Italy, where the Duke’s wife’s family lives