Born in Tashkent in 1948. Graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre Music and Cinematography in 1973 (in the class of V. Markuriev and I. Meyerhold). Acted at the Movie Actors' Theatre at the Lenfilm studio from 1973 till 1975. Artemov has performed with the Leningrad Maly Drama Theatre since 1975 and plays Grigory Minin and Chugaretti in Brothers and Sisters, the Cleric in The Devils, Senior Angel in The Star-Child, Gaoler in The Winter`s Tale, the Inn-Keeper in Mumu, Policeman in The Moscow Chorus, King and Narrator`s assistant in The Snow Queen. Artemov has also appeared in the films Light at the End of the Tunnel, The Avalanche, The Northern Option and The Granddaughter.