Honored painter of Russia (1987), an outstanding Urals artist.
He studied in Leningrad teachers' training Art School (1937-1939), then in Leningrad state Art Institute named after I.E. Repin (1939-1941). In 1941-1944 Nikolay Chesnokov worked as assistant of the chief artist of the Opera House in Sverdlovsk. In 1944-1947 he studied in Moscow state Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov. In 1947-1948 he lived in a small town Kamyshlov near Sverdlovsk while getting ready to his first personal exhibition. Since 1950 he is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and an active participant in all important art events. He traveled with other Russian artists all over the area and abroad, to be more exact in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, GDR. In 1983 he restored wall paintings by A.A. Deyneka in Chelyabinsk Theatre of opera and ballet. In 1998 he got the award of governor for his “Verkhoturye cycle”. His biography can be found in the big encyclopedia of painters of all times and peoples edited in Leipzig in 1998 (volume 18, page 16). His works are kept in important Russian museums and private collections.