In 1976, he graduated with honors from the Penza Art College. He worked from 1976 to 1986, the main artist in Novokuybyshevsk. The Samara Book Publishing House has published over 30 books with illustrations by V. Konev, Soviet and foreign writers. Konev's personal exhibitions were held with great success in the cities of Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy. At the 7th International Festival in Moscow, in the Central House of Artists, he was awarded a jury applause diploma. In Novokuybyshevsk V. Konev was awarded the city's Honorary Sign.