Makushkin Nikolai Stepanovich was born on August 17, 1940 in the village of Chernaya Promza, B.-Bereznikovsky District of the Republic of Mordovia. In 1962 he graduated from the painting and teaching department of the Gorky Art School, after which he worked as a teacher in Ichalkovskaya and then Saransk children's art schools. Since 1966 he became a regular participant in republican exhibitions. In 1973 he was admitted to the Union of Artists of the USSR. Makushkin Nikolay Stepanovich works in various graphic techniques: he is fluent in drawing, etching, linocut, lithography, skillfully handling the material, being able to subordinate the features of a particular technique to his design. From the poetic description of the village life by the artist, her people of work, worries, the image of her home comes from that corner of the earth where everything is expensive, familiar and loved to the smallest detail (Chernopromzinsky album, Village motifs, Summer in the village, etc.) . The artist works not only in easel, but also in book graphics. The epic “Mastorava” compiled by A. Sharonov, “The Legend of the Silver Horseman” by V. Abramova, “Let's listen to music” by N. Sitnikova came out in its design. In 1991, Nikolai Stepanovich Makushkin was awarded the title "Honored Artist of the RSFSR." The beginning of the 21st century was marked for N.S. Makushkin with major exhibitions: “Big Volga. The Art of the Volga Republics ”(Saransk, 2004),“ Russia - X ”(Moscow, 2004), the International Exhibition“ Victory ”(Moscow, 2005), the Interregional Exhibition“ Unity ”(Nizhny Novgorod, 2007). In November 2007, Nikolai Stepanovich Makushkin was awarded the title "People's Artist of Mordovia." In October 2015, Nikolai Stepanovich Makushkin was awarded the title "Laureate of the Stepan Erzi Prize in the Field of Fine Arts".