Student of the Academy of arts. In 1862 – the title of class artist for the painting; in 1864 – the title of class artist of 3 degrees; in 1868 determined by the student in Mosaic division; in 1869 – the academician of painting folk scenes. In 1870, Jr., artist-mosaic artist; in 1889, is a senior artist – mosaic artist.
Graduated from the Imperial Academy of arts in 1862, with the rank of class artist. Shortly after the release of the Academy painted several pictures, among other things two scenes: "Sunday leisure" and "Young mother", for which the Academy in 1864, made it to the great artists of the 3rd article But insufficient material support motivated him to do mosaic art, and he continued working and painting. In 1869, for the painting "Children's Breakfast", "Village seamstress", "Two enemies", "Rural pestun" and "study of a girl" was awarded him the title of academician. Next year in mosaic Department, he was promoted to Junior they came to be. In 1874 he moved to Vilna. Here tried their hand at historical painting, and wrote, among other things, paintings: "Ivan the terrible in the cell of St. Nicholas the Holy Fool, in Pskov" and "the Boyar troyekurov reads Princess Sophia decree of enclosing it in a monastery", but soon returned to the scenes of rural life as more characteristic of his talent. In contrast to most other Russian genre painters he represents in his paintings are not sad or dark side of this life, and its encouraging appearance, sometimes overly embellished idyll, and especially likes to bring on stage children. In 1884 P. again entered the service in the mosaic Department. A.. (Brockhaus)
In St. Isaac's Cathedral took part in the creation of mosaics "the last supper", "Christ carrying the cross", "Luke the Evangelist" "the Evangelist" and "Apostle Peter".