He was born of Russian heritage in Caracas, Venezuela on November 25, 1950. During 1955, his family immigrated to the United States. He was eight years old when he first received watercolor paints and brushes. He was fifteen when he was first awarded by the Mayor of Paterson, N.J. for his painting titled: "Life". For his formal education, Strachov earned a BS degree in Biology and Chemistry, with minor emphasis in Marine Biology and Geology. However, as an artist, Strachov is self taught. During 1979, a promoter who has known of Strachov's work had honored the artist with his first one man show. He was given the Meadowlands Sports complex for a one night event. Strachov's paintings all sold. At that time, he decided to pursue a degree in art. Pratt Institute had waived his undergraduate degree, a decision that was based on the review of his extensive portfolio. However Strachov decided to pursue an undergraduate degree, "in order to fill the gaps" in his art education.
He also studied by attending the Frick museum and their exclusive library in New York City and conducted his research for several years. Strachov had received an undergraduate degree in fine art along with a teacher certification from Kean University in only one year and with a 4.0 grade average.
Strachov's work as well as his lectures have earned him the respect of his peers as well as the respect of the academic community. He has conducted numerous lectures on art and theory and these have been televised as well as used as instructional material in museums and in graduate studies.
Strachov's work has been exhibited throughout the United States. During his career, his work has earned sixty three prestigious awards. A portion of the most recent awards is listed below:
First Place in Watercolor in Denver, awarded by Ms.
Lowery Sims, PhD. Department
of 20th Century Art, The
Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Best in Show; awarded by Dr. Henry Adams, Curator both at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. 1997.
Best in Show, awarded by Mr. Charles R. Loving, Director of The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, During 1998 at The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.
Best in Show, awarded by Dr. George S. Bolge, Director of The Boca Raton Museum of Art Exhibition in Florida during February 2000.
Strachov's paintings are hanging in private collections all of over the world. He has been marketing his own work in his own quiet and unassuming way. However his work has been honored with shows in prominent museums in this country as well as abroad. During 2001, sixteen mid career artists were selected from the United States to be shown at the Chateau Musee', a museum owned by the Grimaldi family of Monaco and is situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranian in Cagnes sur Mer, France. This was an exhibition to show that there are new directions as well as new explorations in painting. Four of Strachov's works were featured and he was honored with one of four top awards.