1822, p. Vladykino Chembar district, now Kamensky district – 08.11.1893, Tsarskoye Selo, St. Petersburg province.
From the family of a domestic serf of the landowner Vladykino. In 1834, sent to Moscow for training craft. Here in the house Vladykina, meets with V. G. Belinsky, who played a major role in his life.
Original art education received at the Moscow art class under the guidance of brothers Dobrovolskihh, Durnova and Rabus. After graduating from the Moscow art class (1836-1840), K. Gorbunov, on the recommendation N. In. Gogol travels to St. Petersburg and becomes an auditor a graduate of the Academy of fine arts (1840-1846), where he studied under the guidance of K. P. Briullov. It Bryullov together with V. A. Zhukovsky, V. F. Odoyevski and M. F. Orlov (Director of the hood. class) obtained by K. A. Gorbunov "free" in 1841, In April of the same year entered the Academy of fine Arts, studying with K. P. Briullov. In 1846 he received the title of free (class) artist. In 1851, at the age of 29 years, with the portrait of Professor Markov received the title of Academician of portraiture.
He worked primarily as a portraitist. Created portraits of V. G. Belinsky, A. I. Herzen, N. P. Ogarev, Tn. Granovsky, M. Y. Lermontov, N. In. Gogol, I. S. Turgenev, N. In. Stankevich, M. S. Shchepkin, A. V. Koltsov, V. P. Botkin, I. I. panayev, V. F. Odoevsky, P. V. Annenkov, M. A. Bakunin, and many others.
He taught painting at the Smolny Institute, the Alexander school and private schools. In these years it is written: "Gypsy", "Return to field work," portraits of Peter I, Alexander II and Alexander III.
Participated in painting the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the Alexander Cathedral in Vyatka, the Church of the Sign in Tsarskoye Selo. The main works are stored in the Russian Museum and the Tretyakov gallery.