Painter; master of genre paintings, landscapes and still lifes. Studied at the Moscow Secondary School of Art (1944–1951) and the Vasily Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow (1951–1957). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1954). Member of the Moscow Union of Artists (1958). Worked together with his brother Alexander Smolin (from 1958). Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1981); corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts (1997).