Valeriy started painting in childhood. At the age of nine he was accepted to art school for children. After finishing there he studied at Krasnoyarsk Art Junior College, where he learned the basics of realistic painting. He graduated from junior college with honors and in 1982 entered Moscow Art College of V. Surikov. For six years he learned European styles and techniques. Part of his education was copying masterpieces of Russian and European art in teaching him still life, portrait and landscape techniques. After graduating from college Valeriy was an art instructor and worked as an assistant to Professor A. Znak Krasnoyarsk Art College.