Born in 1927, in the Ryazan region. With the 30-ies lives in Moscow. Here from 1944 to 1952 he studied at the Moscow art-industrial school named after M. I. Kalinin, qualified painter-master painting on wood, papier-mache and metal, and then a degree in teaching. Started work as a teacher of special disciplines in Krasnoselsky school of art processing of metals (Kostroma oblast). The location of schools, proximity to the Volga river inspired by the painting. In 1958 he returned to Moscow and was employed in research Institute of art industry, and a year later enrolled in graduate school, specializing in art history. Since 1962 working as a research assistant: advises artists, preparing lectures and materials for creative workshops with craftsmen, and participates in expeditions to study popular art. In 1966 - Head of the laboratory, and from 1973 to 1992 - Deputy Director NIAP for research and creative work. Full participation in the activities of the Institute is accompanied by the study of actual problems of the theory and practice of folk art that is embodied in the development and publication of scientific articles, brochures and monographs. About thirty publications show a comprehensive scientific interests of the author. The complex of published works and recommendations from fellow critics was provided in 1982 by the adoption of P. I. Utkin in the Union of Artists of the section of critics and art history. With a large employment organizational work in the Institute (and it lasted more than 30 years!) remained the hobby of painting. The results partially presented at the exhibition. In General, these studies, performed in the technique of oil and tempera painting. On the subject of it - landscapes in which the author tried to Express the state of nature, close to the person's mood. The diversity of these States, the author conveys sharpness or balance of composition, contrasts of light and color or very solid, almost monochrome, colours. These features of the landscape are more noticeable, shown in the sketches, but the author strives to preserve and highlight your experience in the paintings, made on the basis of the study. Sometimes there is a deeper meaning of the story (as in "deserted village"), and sometimes the plot develops through a series of observations (as in "autumn Colors") when there is a generalized image of nature, typical for a particular time of year. In 1992, the P. I. Utkin returned to the "home" College as a lecturer involved in training a new generation of artists - craftsmen, who are to preserve and develop the traditions of national culture.