Born in 1949 in Uzbekistan, Mikhail Park is a writer and painter currently based in Moscow, Russia.
Park graduated from the Dushanbe College of Fine Arts in Tajikistan, and made his literary debut in 1976. He writes in Russian and is a member of the Russian Authors’ Society (RAO) and the Artists’ Association of Russia. He has written seven full-length novels, six novellas, twenty short stories and two plays. Three of his short stories were published in Germany in 1992. Then, in 2003, four of his poems were introduced to readers in Canada. More recently, his novella Still Life with Apples was published in China in 2018. Several of his works have been translated into Korean and published in Seoul, including Sunflower Petals Carried Away by the Wind (1995), Naked Photographer (2007), Night, Another Sun (2012), City of Ants (2015), Helen’s Time (2017), and Still Life with Apples (2018).
He was twice the winner of the Valentin Kataev Award (2001 and 2007), and won numerous other awards including the Korean PEN Award (2001), KBS Art & Literature Award (2006), and Kuprin Literature Award (2010).
As a successful painter, he has held solo exhibitions in Moscow, Seoul, Paris and Almaty. In addition, he has translated the following works of Korean literature into Russian: Son of Man (2004) by Yi Mun-yol, Don Juan’s Love (2010) by Yun Hu-myong, volumes 1 (2016) and 2 (2018) of the epic novel Land by Pak Kyongni.