Nicolai Shmatko was born on 17th of August 1943 in Donetsk region, Ukraine. He became a sculptor at the age of 33. The European culture and art inspired the creative potential that he incarnates in the marble.
He has created the authors gallery of sculpture and painting - Gallery Shmatko & Sons. This gallery represents 100 sculptures, 70 of which are made of Ural and Italian marble, 30 plaster casts and about 240 pictures (paintings, graphics, and architectural projects). Around 750 monuments starting from simple decoration to bas-relief, high relief, busts and sculptures.
In 2000 he was appointed as a professor of Arts department by Moscow Institute of World Civilization to honor his contribution to art and culture. For his work of Saint Blessed Virgin, he was awarded the order of Nestor Letopisets by Vladimir, the Kiev Metropolitan and all Ukraine.
Constant personal exhibition in the gallery "Shmatko & Sons" 1985-1991 (Bolgrad, Odessa region)
Constant personal exhibition in the gallery "Shmatko & Sons" 1991-2003 (Krasny Lutch, Lugansk region)
Personal exhibition in Lugansk 1992
Personal exhibition in Kiev 1993
Personal exhibition in Moskow Institute of "Universal Civilizations" 2000
Personal exhibition in Donetsk 2003
Constant personal exhibition in the gallery "Shmatko & Sons" 2003-2004 (Slavyansk, Donetsk region)
Constant personal exhibition in the gallery "Shmatko & Sons" 2005 (Lugansk,Lugansk region)
Florence Biennale 2007 - Nicolai Shmatko has been awarded with "Lorenzo il Magnifico" prize (Florence, Italy)
Florence Biennale 2009 (Florence, Italy)