Vladimir Stozharov was born in Moscow and studied at the Moscow State Secondary Art School (1939–1945) where his teachers were Pavel Koshevoy, Vasily Pochitalov and Akindin Shorchev. During the Great Patriotic War he was evacuated to Voskresenskoe village in Bashkiria. He continued his studies at the Moscow State Institute of Fine Arts (1945–1951) under Dmitry Mochalsky, Vasily Pochitalov and Georgy Savitsky.
Muftyuga is one of the north villages, which the artist has visited during his work is closely his travel on the Russian north. The landscape "Muftyuga. High Water" is from a series of pictures painted following one of these trips in mid-1960s. Fascinated by these places, Stozharov’s work reflects the ancient traditional way of life, preserved here. His northern series is the key to the emergence of Stozharov’s distinctive painting style which continues in the traditions of Russian impressionism. The artist paints the reserved beauty of the northern lands with large strokes and amazingly bright colors – this helps Stozharov to convey the immediacy of his first impressions from nature.