Misha Zlatkovsky is a political cartoonist and illustrator living in Moscow, but his original education was on the field of nuclear physics. He had been preparing for his Doctor of Science thesis, when in 1971, because of political reasons, he suddenly quit all his research and became a freelance artist/cartoonist. Almost immediately, he started participating in international cartoon competitions and soon became a familiar face on the cartoon world's horizon.
He has won over 200 honours, about 50 of which grand and first prizes. Then in a 1992 worldwide survey of cartoonists Zlatkovsky was voted the best by his peers. In the early to mid-90s, he lived in the United States, then moved back to Moscow, where he became a professor at Moscow State University as well as chief art director for a group of national magazines and newspapers. His satirical illustrations are collectibles.
He is an honorary member of the French Academy of Humorous Art, the International Academy of Education, and the Saint Petersburg Academy of Masters.
His successful international performance became a natural source for invitations to preside over and/or be a member of cartoon/art juries in many countries. His professional association memberships include the Artists Union of the former USSR and the Russian Federation, the Union of Russian Journalists, and the Graphic Artists Union of Moscow. He is currently working on his Ph.D. thesis about the history of Russian cartooning.
His one-man shows graced the galleries of Belgium, Canada, Estonia, France, Italy, Malta, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.