Vladimir Kibalchich was born in St. Petersburg in 1920. His father, a French-speaking writer, came down into the world literature of the 1930s under the pen-name of Victor Serge. In 1933, he took his son to Orenburg to move later to France where Vladimir took to color lithography and began displaying his works at exhibitions under the name of Vlady. Since 1945, the artist has lived in Mexico where he has won recognition in the field of monumental art.
One can admire his wall painting in the Freud building of the University of Mexico City, the Mexican exhibition pavilion at the international fair in Tokyo and the reading hall of the Lerdo de Tejada library where he spent ten years working.
Vlady's work, a blend of Russian, Mexican and European cultures, includes wall painting, water-colors, drawings and ink sketches.
The world-renowned sculptor Ernst Neizvestny who was born in Russia in 1925 and has lived in the USA since 1977 considers Vlady to be one of the greatest artists of modern times, ranking alongside such outstanding Mexican monumental painters as Orozco (1883-1949) and Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974). The latter referred to Vlady as "the genius of light and color".
In 2000, Vlady was recognized in Mexico as the man of the millennium in the field of fine arts. The holder of France's Order of Art and Literature, he is also a member of the Russian Academy of Arts.