Upon Graduating from Bearusian Academy of Fine Arts in 1972, the Russian Painter has been developing a unique technique based on the Russian Avant-Garde tradition, emerging at that time computing art and philosophy of complexity. In the 70s, Walera had a chance to visit studios of underground artists in Moscow well known now as Celkov, Yankelevsky and Rabin which had a profound stimulating effect on his art.
He was a founder and a curator of "Forma" the very first group of underground artists in Belarus. Creating such a group his aim was to demonstrate that independant cultural movement had existed not only in Moscow but in other cities and places but deep underground. Since 1990 Walera lives in the UK and exhibits internationally.
From 1996-97, McCarthy studied at St Martin's School of Art, London. In 1999, he won the Visitor's Choice Award when selected for the BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery , London, This led him to a successful group as well as solo shows during 2000 and 2001 in London and group show in 2003 in Los Angeles.
McCarthy looks for images of beautiful women photographed in a specific way. Once the image is being selected, he crumples the image, re-photographs it, create lights and shadow to emphasize the creases, crops it to the size of the canvas and finally he paints the image. The initial image now turns into a painting of a piece of paper instead of a classic portrait shot.