Vladimir Kraynyk was born in Russia and went to school in Ukraine, where in his teens he became interested in graffiti, which was making a delayed arrival from Europe and America onto the post-Soviet youth sub-cultural sphere. Shortly after, Vladimir's family moved to Canada, where he is currently living and creating. Vladimir continued with his passion for spray painting, which gradually morphed into a serious pursuit of Fine Arts studies in a proper sense, specifically oil painting. He attended the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, while simultaneously developing his studio practice, studying art history and branching out into philosophy and general history. It became apparent to Vladimir that it is impossible to do art without understanding the broader intellectual context of our own and previous epochs. Since graduating in 2014, he has continued to create art independently and in parallel doing self-directed research in philosophy.