Nikolai Ivanovich Ulyanov was born in 1922 in Polukhino, the Tver province of Russia. He began painting as a child but volunteered for the war in 1940 before he received any formal art training. Ulyanov fought in defense of Moscow and then, after graduating from the Tank School he fought in battles at Kursk Arc and Donbass. In 1943, he was injured and became an invalid. It was at this time in his life that he felt his life's calling to be a painter. He began to actively exhibit in Moscow in 1943. In 1950 he graduated with honors from the Moscow Municipal Studio for Invalids of the Great Patriotic War. His Professors at the studio included K. Yuon, I. Zakharov, K. Morozov, and G. Sretensky. Ulyanov painted many genre paintings, devoted to the people, participating in the war, but also loved to paint portraits of his relatives and friends, and of children. In 1958 he became a member of the Union of Artists. He took part in many Moscow, regional and republican (All-Union) exhibitions; works of his can be found in museums in Russia and private collections in Russia and abroad. He died in 1990.