Vyacheslav (Slava) Korolenkov was born in 1958 in the small city of Tula, not far from Moscow. Before entering Art School he studied drawing with a sculptor, and as a result was accepted to the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts on his first attempt. While still a student one of his paintings represented the Stroganov Academy at an exhibition in Prague.
After graduating in 1988, Korolenkov exhibited his work for a few years in the Central House of Artists in Moscow, where his works became sought after by collectors. After this there was a long break of fifteen years, during which Korolenkov didn't touch an easel. Throughout this time Korolenkov undertook an inward journey which ultimately allowed him to appreciate the “marvelous essence” of the world, and inspired a joy of painting which he had not felt before.
Influenced by Russian artists such as impressionist Konstantin Korovin, and Nikolai Fechin, Korolenkov maintains that his greatest teacher is every sunny day that gives him a chance to breathe, smile, and chat with family and friends.
Slava Korolenkov's works are represented in private collections in Japan, the USA, Germany, France and elsewhere. Since 2012, he has regularly led master classes in Moscow and training in Plein Air technique across Russia and abroad. He lives and works in Moscow.