From the age of 3 Ardashnikov began to read and soon became passionately carried away by history, religion and myths from different cultures. By six, he began drawing and would prove an exceptional student who by the age of 11 read the entire school curriculum in classical literature. At fifteen, he created his own metal group where he performed vocal parts and played the harmonica.
While never formally studying art, he was drawn to illustration and experimented with larger formats for drawing. His earliest works were dedicated to first love and based on the Lovecraft books. Since then, Ardasnikov has created "hypnotic-psychedelic paintings." Severe life events and mental health issues have led to the exploration of the architecture of dreams and archetypal cultural symbols.