Artur, was born in the Soviet Union into a ballet family – both his father and mother were dancers with the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. His father Igor Shesterikov was a soloist and had success in character and dramatic roles. His mother Elena Kulagina was a well-known prima in Russia and abroad. Both of his parents now teach in the Perm ballet school and theater.

Immediately after graduating with honors from The Perm Ballet School in 2002, Artur joined the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. He danced soloist and principal roles from a young age and toured extensively internationally with the company. In 2004 he reached the final round of the "Arabesque" international ballet competition and received the "most talented dancer" prize.
Artur Shesterikov
In 2007 he joined the Dutch National Ballet, where he was quickly promoted to principal dancer. He also received the "Alexandra Radius prize" for remarkable achievements. For several years in a row he was mentioned by the critics at Dance Europe magazine's for outstanding performances in George Balanchine's Apollon Musagete, Natalia Makarova's La Bayadere, and John Cranko's Onegin.

Besides most of the classical ballets, Artur's repertoire includes multiple diverse works by famous choreographers such as George Balanchine, William Forsythe, and Hans Van Manen. He has also had the opportunity to work with Krzysztof Pastor, Hans Van Manen, John Neumeier, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Natalia Makarova, Diana Vishneva (as partner), Peter Wright, Benjamin Millepied, and others.

Artur has appeared in various worldwide gala performances, festivals, and as a guest artist with multiple companies.