A large part of his childhood was spent in occupied East Germany and then in the GDR. In 1957, 14-year-old Michael came back to the USSR, Leningrad. He was admitted to middle art school at Institute of painting, sculpture and architecture named after I. E. Repin, where he studied from 1957 to 1961. Was expelled. In 1971, expelled from the USSR. First lived in Paris, then USA, since 1981 — in new York, from 1991 — Claverack (en:Claverack, New York), new York. To move back in the USSR, Mikhail Shemyakin was allowed only in 1989, after 18 years of exile.
MIKHAIL SHEMYAKIN was born in 1943 in Moscow, grew up in occupied Germany, he returned to St. Petersburg in 1956 and entered the secondary art school at the Academy of arts. Repin. Excluded from school for something that does not fit the norms of Socialist realism, in 1959 — 61 and Shemyakin, working as a laborer. He was podien compulsory treatment in the experimental hospitals. Five years working at the State Hermitage Museum scaffolder. In 1967, the artist creates the Group "St.-Petersburg" and writes, together with the philosopher Vladimir Ivanov, the theory of Metaphysical Synthetism on creating new icons based on the study of religious art of all times and cultures.
In 1971 Chemiakin was expelled from the Soviet Union. He lives and works in Paris, then in 1981 moved to new York. In 1989, takes the American citizenship. Exhibited in Europe, USA, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong. The research started in the 60s, art of all times and cultures, develop a collection of millions of images organized thematically, technical, historical and philosophical categories. The artist was awarded five honorary doctorates for these studies that are the basis of the Institute of philosophy and psychology of creativity. In 2002−2003, creates a series of programmes for TV channel "Culture", the Imaginary Museum of Mikhail Shemyakin.
The return of creativity Shemyakin in post-Communist Russia began with the first official exhibition of his works from the time of the reference, in 1989 Later, he continues to exhibit in the Rossi puts three monuments in St. Petersburg — Peter the great (1991), the Victims of political repression (195), Architects-first builders of St. Petersburg (1995): In 2001 it opened a monument to Children-victims of adult vices on Bolotnaya square in Moscow. To the 300 anniversary of St. Petersburg (2003) creates the Constantine Palace, the composition of the Royal walk.
In new York, is it Cybele: Goddess of fertility (1993): in Paris, Carnival in St. Petersburg: London, Peter (2001): in Normandy to Peter the great.(1991). For Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) Shemyakin performs a monument to Plato’s Dialogue with Socrates (1998). For Venice — Giacomo Casanova (1998).
At the Mariinsky theatre (Saint-Petersburg) in 2001, Shemyakin puts a new version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet the Nutcracker, and then in 2005, creates the libretto and the staging of a new ballet based on this the tales of Hoffmann, the Magic nut. In 2006, the Sofia Opera opens the evening one-act ballets in the design Chemiakin with choreography Donvena Pandoursky.
Mikhail Chemiakin works in a broad range of techniques, from drawing to monumental sculpture, and theater and film. Themes of his works are also diverse, from the theatre of the grotesque to metaphysical studies.
Works Shemyakin are in the permanent collections of museums in the United States, Russia, France, Poland, and CIS countries.