Vladimir Grafov studied physics and mathematics in Moscow and worked as junior researcher in plasma research lab of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
In 1989 moved to Netherlands where he became actively involved in the Amsterdam art scene. Worked with Rabotnik TV, Radio100 and NL Centrum (various art events). Participated in the production of GODDODIN by Brith Goth and Test Department and other projects with Stichting Mickery.
Between 1990 and 1993, collaborated with different Dutch and international artists in projects involving advanced technical skills, including Delusions of Self-Immolation by Eric Hobijn and new music instrument development for Zbiginiew Karkowsky and John Duncan.
Between 1993 and 1996, co-founder and active member of the art collective Laboratories of Art Technologies (LAT). Works developed by LAT were shown in Arti en Amicitae, Royal Dutch Conservatory, V2 (DEAF’96 , collaboration with SENSORBAND) and many other venues. Focus of the projects was on the use of advanced sensor- and projection technologies, including higher-end lasers in installation, performances and theater. Lasers were engaged in Holland Festival production “The Fall of Mussolini” by Dick Raaijmakers in 1995.
Between 1996 and 2003, co-founder and active member of London-based art collective Raylab. Projects involved large outdoor laser shows, multimedia installations and interactive works, collaboration included Afro Celt Sound System and Jamie Reid.
Between 2004 and 2008, co-founder and active member of London-based Hivenetworks, concerned with a paradigm of free networks, user-generated content and “Internet of Things”. Collaborations included hacker communities in Europe and further, including Take 2030 in London, WAAG Society in Amsterdam, TU Eindhoven and and C-Lab in Berlin. Live performances and advanced large-scale outdoor mesh-based content networks activities were part of different events, including the opening of the DORTMUNDER U and DEAF’07 Festival in Rotterdam.
Between 2012 and 2014, co-founder and active member of Amsterdam-based art group Magic Tools, which combined artistic approach with scientific and technological expertise to create the new forms of immersive experiences. Works developed by Magic Tools were performed and shown in different venues, including TecArt 2014 and GOGBOT 2014.
From December 2014 till present: works as independent artist behind Loyey.