At age 20, Nicolayevsky moved to New York to study film at New York University (NYU). In the same city, he took lessons in musical composition and musicology. On two occasions (1987 and 1988), he presented at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, p his own piano compositions. Since the early 80s, he has composed music for short films, theater and radio. He has also experimented with performance and cabaret. His audiovisual work includes a vast collection of portraits in movement of artists from different generations and different cities. He has presented his short films and videos at universities, galleries, museums and festivals both nationally and internationally. In 2003, he received an art scholarship program for audiovisual media (Rockefeller and Ford Foundations). In February 2006, the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) invited him to give a “solo show” presenting a selection of his film portraits and video. In early 2009, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City opened its video lounge in the Sala Fernando Gamboa with a solo exhibition of self-portraits by Nicolayevsky. Currently, he resides in Mexico City, where he dedicates himself to artistic creation and teaching.