Born a peasant in the Kuybyshev region of Russia, Kharin enlisted in the Russian army in 1941. He received multiple awards and medals for his participation in World War II. In 1949 he began to study art at the Academy of Arts in Ufa, Russia. Eventually he earned an academic arts degree at the People’s University of Art. His plein aire studies of newly built cities have made him a very collectible artist in museum and private collection circles. His first success came in 1963 at a national exhibition, and his favorite subjects are snowcapped mountains, cityscapes and native Russian trees in bloom.