Born and raised in Moscow, Nemukhin began his career working at a plant that produced technical instruments during World War II. In 1943, he met Petr Yefimovich Sokolov, assistant to Kazimir Malevich and later Pavel Kuznetsov. Sokolov introduced Nemukhin to the avant-garde movements of the time, launching him on a more experimental artistic path. Nemukhin joined the Studio School of the House of Unions (VTsSPS), from which he graduated in 1946.
From 1952 to 1956 Nemukhin worked as an interior designer. In 1956 he met Oskar Rabin, with whom he met with a group of like-minded artists and poets whose primary meeting place was Rabin’s apartment.
Vladimir Nikolaevich Nemukhin is one of the founders of the Lianozov group. In 1974 he was involved in the ‘Bulldozer Exhibition’ and acted as go-between in negotiations with the authorities and he joined the Lianozov group.
Nemukhin carries on the tradition of the Russian avant-garde. He calls the basis of his abstract compositions ‘Russian cubo-futurism’. His compositions include collages, which often contain playing cards. He frequently painted using mixed media, a painting-graphic technique as it were, as well as on paper (the Jack of Diamonds series from the end of the 1960’s through to the start of the 1970’s). The assimilation of the picture with the subject brought his work close to the decade of the 1980’s with its pop-art. During this period he often turned to three-dimensional sculptural abstractions, biomorphic or geometrical (the ‘compositions-dedications’ series) and then, as he increasingly began exhibiting his own work, the painting and graphic plates were accompanied by large illustrations.
In recent years, in addition to his series of paintings and graphical works, the artist has begun to create sculptures. He also works with ceramic ware, paying homage to the traditions dating back to the time of Malevich, Chashnik and others. His suprematic compositions on plates also burn with red and black.
A book entitled ‘Nemukhin monologues’ was published in 1999 containing the artist’s reflections as recorded by M. Uralski. From the end of the 1960’s onwards, his paintings have also gained increasing recognition in the West, although at that time the artist was living in Moscow and Priluki.
In the late 1990s, Nemukhin moved to Dusseldorf, Germany, but he has since returned to Moscow. His latest work has taken the form of sculptural homages to artists like Cezanne, Vladimir Veisberg, and Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, with reference to geometric abstraction and Constructivism.
In 2008, Nemukhin became an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.