Sergei Pavlenko graduated in Painting from St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. He studied under Boris Ugarov, President of the Academy of Fine Arts of the USSR, and was nominated for the Gold Medal.

In 1989 Sergei moved to the West, received immediate recognition and began to paint and exhibit his work in London and the USA. Since then he has been living and working in London and is now a British citizen. Now an established portrait painter, both in Europe and the USA, Sergei’s work is in constant demand. His portrait of H.M. The Queen, completed in 2000, was said to be the Queen’s favourite portrait since her Coronation. It was personally unveiled by Her Majesty. The painting received impressive coverage by the world press and television and a postage stamp was subsequently made in the UK.

In 2004, Sergei Pavlenko had a spectacular one-man exhibition in London in the Russian Embassy and in Moscow in the British Embassy, with over 1000 guests attending the Private View. Four TV channels covered the event and numerous articles and reviews on the subject appeared in newspapers and magazines. In Russia, Sergei’s name has been added to the list of highly distinguished emigrants and is next to the ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. In Britain, Channel 4 of the UK Television showed a film about Sergei and his portraits.

Recently Sergei was awarded a commission to paint a large-scale picture of The Queen meeting with Prince William and Prince Harry at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. The  painting is now  completed  and was highly acclaimed.

In 2008 Sergei has painted the portrait of King Abdullah the Second of Jordan .


Selected Exhibitions

2016 Herrick Gallery , London

2008-2011 Frost and Reed Gallery , London

2004 One-man show, The British Embassy, Moscow

2004 One-man show, The Russian Embassy, London

2003 Discerning  Eye, London

2001-03 Andean Gallery, Cork Street, London

2003-2008 Andreeva Portrait Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

2001-04 “Artlondon”, Contemporary Art Fair, London

2002-03 Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair

2000 20th Century British Art Fair, London

1996-97 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1992-2017,2020 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Gallery, London

1989, 1993,2006, 2010 Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London Portrait Commissions, Henry Wyndham Art Gallery, London

David Ker Gallery, London

Kertesz Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Royal West of England Academy of Arts

Art Expo-90, Los Angeles, California, USA


Commissions and Collections

  • HM Queen Elizabeth II
  • HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
  • HRH The Prince of Wales
  • HRH Prince Michael of Kent
  • HRH Prince Ernst of Hanover
  • HRH Prince Nickolas Romanoff
  • HRH Maria Gabriella de Savoie
  • The Duke of Marlborough
  • The Duke of Grafton
  • The Duke of Rutland
  • The Earl of Airlie
  • The Earl of Verulam
  • House of Lords works of art collection, the portrait of Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman
  • House of Lords works of art collection, "The Last Judjments of the Law Lords;
    Cambridge University
  • Brown University, USA
  • Mr Crispin Odey
  • Cazenove Group plc
  • The Worshipful Company of Drapers – The portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • The Earl and Countess of Dalhause
  • The Earl of Derby
  • Mr Rudolf Oetker (Germany)
  • Mr Lee Bass (USA)
  • Robber de Balkany (France)
  • Mr Carlo Bonomy (Italy)
  • Mr John Goulandris (Greece)
  • Rudolf von Ribbentrop (Germany)
  • Count Gustaff Douglas (Sweden)
  • Vicomte and Vicomtesse de Ribb (France)
  • Sir Evelyn de Rothschild
  • Alfred Taubman (USA)
  • Mr Fridtjof Lorentsen (Norway)
  • Count Knut Winterfeld (Denmark)
  • Lord Younger (former Secretary of Defence)
  • 12th Lancers Regiment —H.M. The Queen Mother
  • Countess Dalhause (born Golitsin)
  • Sir Jack and Lady Stewart-Clark (former Vice-President of European Parliament)
  • Mr Michael Stone
  • Mr Salah Hawila
  • Colonel Hamilton-Russell
  • Colonel Peter Rodgers
  • Captain John Macdonald-Buchunan
  • Dr August Oetker (Germany)
  • Mr William Worsley
  • Sir Jeoffry Rose (RAC Club)
  • The Woshipful Company of Carmen. 500 years anniversary.
  • The Earl and Countess of Compton
  • Mr. Michael Ignatiev