Historical painter and portraitist, from 1834 to 1840. he was educated at the St. Petersburg theatre school, from which he transferred to the Academy of Arts pensioner society for the encouragement of arts. Was it a student of Professor P. basin. Received during the passage of the academic year, two silver medals, small and large, for portrait sketches, was by illness to discontinue their studies in the Academy and awarded the title of artist with the right to XIV class, in 1850 went to Italy. On his return from there, in 1852, presented at academic painting exhibition: "the Girl from Albano" and "Bacchante" was recognized as an academician. In 1857, again went abroad and settled in Paris, where he often exhibited his works at the salon; one of them, "Torturing the Savior," in 1865, in particular, deserve praise magazine critics and was purchased by the French government. In 1866 he was brought to Saint Petersburg big picture "of the Savior and the rich man", which was acquired by Emperor Alexander II granted the Academy (it is in the Museum). Recently, Chumakov wrote almost exclusively portraits and ideal heads of young women in the taste of Dreams.
Born in Saint-Petersburg. In 1834 – 1840 studied at the St. Petersburg drama school, then moved to the St. Petersburg Academy of arts as a pensioner of the society. K. Brullov and P. Bassin predicted a great future for the artist. In 1847 he was awarded the small and large silver medals. In 1850 health moved to Italy. In 1852 he returned to St. Petersburg and presented at the academic exhibition of two paintings, for which he received the title of academician. Known as the master of the female portrait, also wrote great compositions on historical themes. In 1957, again went abroad. Having traveled all over Europe, settled in Paris, where he regularly exhibited his works at the Salon. In 1863, the Parisian art critic approves written on women's heads, and next year a female portrait in all growth brings the author of the massive recognition and fame. His work has been acquired by Tsar Alexander II, the Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, President of the Paris Academy of arts and members of the French government. In 1866 he was awarded the order of St. Anna's 3rd grade for success in historical painting and achievements in artistic activity. In recent years, engaged exclusively in the writing of portraits, especially types of women's heads, for which he received the nickname of "Russian Dreams".