Painter, representative of the dynasty Ostashkov painters. B. in S. Kravotyn Ostashkov. in a family of serfs Pafnutiev - Borowski mon. (freestyle received in 1773), studied at family and. Ostashkov painters, then in 1725-41 - Petersburg artists I. Nikitin, L. Caravaque, V. Vasilevsky. From the early 1740s one of the leading painters of St. Petersburg, where he had a Studio (approx 20 students). Participated in the design of the Tsarskoye Selo Palace, triumphal gate pulse. Elizabeth in Moscow, Petersburg and Kiev churches and cathedrals, portraits. Among the surviving works of K.-"portrait of an unknown" (1750-s, SHM), "Portrait of Sergei Yakovlev" (1767, RM), "Portrait of Aleksey Bobrinsky as a child" (1760-e, TG), icons, St. Nicholas's, etc., In Tver.obl.cards.Gal.-"Portrait of Prince Meshchersky I. T." (1756), in Ostashkov local history. Museum-"Portrait of Sergei Yakovlev" (1760).
A native of so great and rich artistic talents of a family of serfs Pafnutiev-Borovsky monastery, not to mention his brothers and distant relatives, endowed with talents, it would be wrong.
So, brothers M. L. Kolokolnikov: Ivan (Big) Lukic — painter, Ivan (Youngest) Lukic — painter, Michael Lukich — the painter Fedot Lukich — painter. Son of Michael Lukic Yakov Kolokolnikov-Voronin — painter. His children: Alexander — painter, John painter, Michael painter.
Mina Kolokolnikov he studied iconography and painting in the town of Ostashkov in 1720-ies. After moving to St. Petersburg, worked under the guidance of I. N. Nikitin (1725-1732), L. Caravaque (1734-1742), may, I. Ya. Vishnyakova. In 1753 he was liberated. Was known for numerous souchastiye in performing work associated with decoration of official events and celebrations, for example, the coronation of Elizabeth, in the design of churches and temples and writing for them icons. Success had many portraits painted by Mina Kolokolnikov. Among them — the portraits of Empress Elizabeth (1753), Prince Meshchersky I. T. (1756), Empress Catherine II (1762) Emperor Peter III (1765), as well as portraits of nameless Russian people in the mid XVIII century (the Young man in a blue coat, an Unknown ruler, a Young man, Unknown, Boy, Young man in a purple caftan, the Unknown in the green coat).
Note that a similar artistic heritage and had the remaining members of the glorious family Kolokolnikov, whose art case was of exceptional importance in the age of the formation of Russian painting.