Timur D'Vatz is a Russian artist who fuses ancient legends and symbols with modernist form and a vibrant colours in his rich paintings. Born in 1968 in Moscow, Russia, he studied at the Republican College of Art, Tashkent in 1983-87, and between 1993-96 he attended the Post-Graduate courses at Royal Academy Schools, London. He was awarded the Jack Goldhill and Sir James Walker Scholarships. Having met Christopher Burness in 1992, he has been represented by Cadogan Contemporary every since.


"I would describe my work as figurative and emblematic. The subject of the hunt is a symbolic and dynamic motif. Through the use of the elongated bodies, paintings seek to show the exhilaration of movement within a static image.


I draw my inspiration from ancient histories, early Byzantine art, medieval tapestries and mythology, because I believe that an artist will always find rejuvenation in the eternal youth of the ancients; in core ideas that do not lose meaning as time passes, but rather gain new significance with each historical transition."


Studio Shots
Background and Education
1968 Born in the USSR
1983-87 Republican College of Art, Tashkent
1993-96 Post-Graduate Royal Academy Schools, London
  Awarded Jack Goldhill and Sir James Walker Scholarships



Selected Exhibitions




Solo Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary (and 8 others since 2000)

Solo Exhibition at the Scriptorial, Avranches, France

Cadogan Contemporary, London (exhibited since 1992)

2015 Galerie Montmartre, Paris
2014 Art 14 at Olympia, London
2013 Uzebkistan Embassy exhibition, London 
2010 Design Museum, London
2006 Opera Gallery, Paris (Venice 2007, Dubai 2008, Singapore 2009, Dubai 2013, Beirut 2016)
2002 BP Portrait Award 2002, National Portrait Gallery, London
  Modigliani Centre, Florence
1997 Kouros Gallery, New York: five students show from the Royal Academy of Arts
1996 Degree Show Royal Academy of Arts. Awarded A. T. Kearney Prize
1994 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London (and in 1995)
  Awarded Guinness Prize for ‘First Time Exhibitor’

Selected Projects
2015 Unveiled large commission (4 x 3 metres) ‘The Flight Into Egypt”, Notre Dame de France church, London
  Alice + Olivia , NY Fashion collaboration
2014 ‘The English Knight’ by Christopher Long, Illustrations by Timur D’Vatz, published by Pont-Farcy, Normandy 2014
  Unveiled commissions at Four Seasons Hotel, Moscow
2011 London Fashion Week, set design for Corrie Nielsen Show, Somerset House, London


Selected Publications 
Carol Cordrey, Art and Antiques, Kensington & Chelsea Magazine, Dec 2014
RussianUK Magazine, В контакте с цругйм пространством, Nov 2014
Anna Seaman, ‘Who is Timur D’Vatz?’, The National, Feb 2013
Pamella de Leon, Art in the City, Feb 2013