Stanislav Nikireev (1932-2007) is one the best etching artists ever to come from Russia. He was born in 1932 in the Russian Tambov Region. He acquired much of his techniques and skills while a student at the Penza Art School and then later at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow. For his excellent work, he was awarded the special status of an Honored Artist of Russia, and later the status of People’s Artist of Russia from the Russian government and he was elected as a Member of Russian Academy of Arts. In 1990, he won the Russian Gold Medal for Fine Arts. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions and shows in such diverse locations as; Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Prague, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Washington, New York & Chicago.