Born in Moscow on January 14, 1937. 1951–1957 studied at the M. I. Kalinin School of Applied Arts in Moscow. 1957–1962 studied at the Moscow Polygraph Art Institute.
After graduation worked for several years as book illustrator. His most famous illustrations are for Andersen’s Fairy Tales and for Scandinavian Fairy Tales. He has been painting since 1970. In the 1970s simultaneously with Ilja Kabakov he created a new conceptual genre “album”.
In the sphere of painting Pivovarov prefers conceptual pic-tures cycles connected with a theme.
Has been living and working in Prague since 1982.
2005 – Foxes and Holidays. Pleskot Gallery, Prague
2004 – Steps of Mechanic. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
2004 – Dark Rooms. XL Gallery, Moscow
2000 – Two Agents (together with Pavel Pepperstein). Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz
1999 – Father and Son (together with Pavel Pepperstein). Kunsthaus Zug, Zug
1997 – Sonja and the Angels. Musee d’Art Moderne, Saint Etienne
1995 – A Kind of Diary. Red Art Gallery, Moscow
1994 – We Can’t Be Seen But We’re Here. Galerie Krings-Ernst, Cologne
1991 – Drawings. Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C.
1990 – Text and Picture. Municipal Art House, Brno
1989 – Retrospective. Public House in Vysocany, Prague
1988 – Concert (together with Ilya Kabakov), Neue Galerie Schloss Gotzental, Luzern
1987 – Illustrations. National Literature Memorial, Prague
1984 – Drawings and Watercolors. Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Science, Prague.