Pimen Sofronov was born to [[Old Believers|Old Believer]] parents in a small village near Lake Peipus in the Estonian region of the Russian Empire. His year of birth is uncertain, being either 1898 or 1899. He began his apprenticeship at the age of twelve under the tutelage of the master iconographer Gavril Efimovich Frolov and continued his association with Frolov for twenty years.
With the fall of the imperial government in Russia in 1917, Pimen moved to the Balkans where he continued his painting. In Yugoslavia, he was commissioned to renovate and restore many old paintings in Serbian Orthodox [[church]]es as well as painting frescoes in new churches. He remained in Yugoslavia until he was asked to come to western Europe to paint for the Orthodox communities there. In Paris France
, he taught at the Icon Society, a school for icon painters. Sofronov's efforts training a generation of iconographers led to his recognition as the most influential iconographer of the Russian emigration.
In the 1930s, he was commissioned to paint [[icon]]s and murals for a Byzantine [[chapel]] in the Vatican. Thus, for some seven years he worked in and around the Vatican. As few trained iconographers available in the United States during the
times after World War II, Sofronov was encouraged strongly to emigrate to the United States of America.
[[Image:StSophiaAnsonia.JPG|left|thumb|200px|St. Sophia - Three Saints Church, Ansonia- iconography by Pimen Sofronov]]
In the United States, his first major commission was to paint the [[iconography]] at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Syracuse, New York. Then in 1954, he was invited to paint the icons in St. Vladimir's Church in Trenton, New Jersey, a commission that took him two years, often working day and night. The commission included the [[iconostasis]] and all the walls and ceilings of the church. Eventually, most of the church was covered with iconography that created a heavenly atmosphere.