Nikita Payusov was born in 1983 in Leningrad, USSR. Classically trained as a painter at the St. Petersburg Fine Art Lyceé, he later moved to the US. He graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a BA in Studio Art with concentration in photography and BA in Interior Environmental Design. He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas in Austin.
Nikita Payusov's photographic work focuses on documentary photography and social reportage using all forms of analogue and digital photography.