He studied at the Moscow school of painting, sculpture and architecture and M. N. Vorobyov in St. Petersburg Academy of arts (volunteer, graduated in 1858); academician (1863). The decorator of the Imperial (state) theatres (1864). Using the achievements of archeology and Russian landscape painting of the 1860s, B. strove to achieve historical authenticity and at the same time to make the emotional start to design plays on national themes (the Opera "Boris Godunov" by Mussorgsky, 1874, and "the Blacksmith Vakula" by Tchaikovsky, 1877, at the Mariinsky theatre in St. Petersburg).
He studied at the Moscow school of painting and sculpture (1848) and the Academy of arts in St. Petersburg (1852) — M. N. Vorobiev.
In 1859, for improvements sent by the Academy abroad, and in 1863 the work: "Chillon castle on lake Geneva", "Lake Nemi", "Albanian alley" and other recognized academic.
He has written a number of decorations for operas and ballets of the Imperial stage. Of his paintings we note: "Crimean view" (1858) and "Sunset" (1860).
As an easel painter known for his landscapes, of which "View of the Roman Campagna" and "Swiss form" kept in the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow.
As for their decorations and paintings Bocharov was the representative of the academic direction of 1860-1870-ies, but at times he was able to rise to the height of the old great masters of theatrical scenery.
His work has evolved under the influence of the Wanderers. Work Bocharova are also stored in the State Russian Museum, the State Central theater Museum im. A. A. Bakhrushin, Museum, Kazan, Penza, Perm, and others.