Studied at the Shreider’s studio in Kharkov (1904-1906), the School of Sh.Kholloshi in Munich (1906-1908), the Moscow University (1909-1913). From 1910 participated in exhibitions. Member of associations “Makovets” (1922-1923), “Four Arts” (1925-1929), AKHR (Association of Artists of Russia). In 1923-1930 worked as a teacher at the VKHUTEMAS- VKHUTEIN (Higher Art Technical Studios, Higher Art Technical Institute), in 1930-1939 at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute, in 1937-1942 - at the Moscow Art Institute named after V.I.Surikov. Istomin combined his pedagogical activity with creative work, painted genre scenes, portraits and landscapes.
Spinners. 1923-1924. Oil on canvas. 97x106
Moscow landscape. 1922. Oil on canvas. 64,8х47,8