Dimitri Tolstoï

Dimitri Tolstoï

Son of the Russian aristocrat Count Serge Tolstoy, Dimitri grew up steeped in a flourishing artistic and literary environment.

Early on, he discovered his love and gift for photography, which he inherited from his great grandmother Sophia Andreevna. With his great grandfather, he shared the same universal vision of the arts.

By age 14 he was already experimenting with portraits and still life shots in his bedroom, which he had converted into a studio so he could develop his own black and white photographs right in his bathroom.

At age 21, after completing his military duty, he decided to make his passion his profession. The quality of his work and his incomparable drive landed him a job as the right-hand man for one of France’s most prominent advertising photographers of the day. 

Five years later, he opened his own studio and began shooting advertising campaigns independently. His skills as well as his adaptability earned him the trust of many key clients, including some of the world’s leading international brands: Perrier, Air France, Pioneer, Céline, Chanel, Kenzo, Nivea, Guerlain, Dior, Dom Perignon, Le Bon Marché, Kusmi Tea….

Some of his campaigns even won the prestigious Art Director’s Award.


Able to constantly reinvent himself, Tolstoy is a daring artist. In fact, he even blurs the lines between photography and painting.

His hybrid style illustrates the brilliant combination of his professional world and his creative expression.2016 — Founding of VALGO – “From industry to art, a subtle refinement”. March, Maison de l’Industrie, Paris

2015-2016 — Galerie Jacquet Droz, “Tolstoy’s Beards”

2014 — Moscow Art Fair, Russie

2014 — Galerie Sandy Toupenet, Paris

2013 — Galerie Jacquet Droz, Paris

2012 — Le Nomad’s Molitor, Paris

2012 — Galerie Caplain Matignon : Molitor, Paris

2012 — Galerie Grand E’terna, Paris

2011 — Art Paris, Grand Palais

2010 — NK Art Galerie, Paris

2009 — LM Galerie, Paris

2009 — Berluti, Paris

2008 — Parinaud-Doupontreué-Ferrari, Paris

2008 — Louis Alexander Galerie, Porto Cervo

2007 — Art Rouge Gallery, Miami



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