The son of a peasant. Education was under the guidance of Professor D. Jensen, and then studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts, which in 1864 awarded him the title of class artist for sculptural sketches "Belisarius" and "Cupid and Psyche". In 1864 - class artist of 2 degrees, in 1870 - class artist of 1 degree for the bust of Madame Weimar and a medallion of count Shuvalov and seven colossal figures modelled for the monument to Empress Catherine II , at Petrograd, in 1872 an academician, bust of crown Prince Nikolai Alexandrovich and the statue of Peter the Great . Works Opekushin, above mentioned, the most well-known: a monument to Admiral Greig in Nikolaev, simulated project M. Mikeshin , to Pushkin in Moscow (1880), Lermontov in Pyatigorsk (1889), Muravyov-Amursky in Khabarovsk (1891; the model in the Museum of Alexander III), Emperor Alexander III , in Moscow, etc. In the first stages of its activity made a lot of ornamental stucco work for the Petrograd buildings and was one of the main employees Mikeshin to implement its monument to Catherine II (cf. XXVI, 500).