Vladimir Tarasov was born in Archangelsk, Russia. Since 1968 he has lived and worked in Vilnius, Lithuania. For many years Tarasov performed with the Lithuanian Symphonic Orchestra and other symphonic, chamber, and jazz orchestras in Lithuania, Europe and the USA. From 1971 to 1986, Tarasov was a member of the well-known contemporary jazz music trio – GTC (Viatcheslav Ganelin, Vladimir Tarasov, Vladimir Chekasin). With the Trio and many other artists and orchestras he has recorded more than 100 records and CDs including numerous solo performances. Since 1991 he has been working in the visual arts, both solo, and collaborating with artists such as Ilya Kabakov, Dimitri Prigov, and others.

Among his recent exhibitions are: Notes from the Underground (Muzeum Sztuki, Łódz, Poland 2016; Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2018), Water Music And Other Pictures Of Sound (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn 2016), To See the Sound (6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art / Special Projects, Moscow, 2015), Manifesta 10 (Parallel Program, St Petersburg, Russia, 2014).