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