Timur D’Vatz, a Russian artist, fuses ancient legends and symbols with a modernist style and vibrant colours. Taking inspiration from ancient histories, early Byzantine art and medieval tapestries, D’Vatz explores core motifs and ideas that he believes have gained meaning and significance with each historical transition. Drawing on these styles and referencing literature, religion and astrology, D’Vatz’s paintings create their own modern mythology intrinsically linked with the recognisable iconic traditions of medieval painting. 


‘I see mythology as the starting point for an inner journey through outer experience. In order to go forwards we must go back to our roots; the journey forward is always a return. Myth is a poetic interpretation of human knowledge.’


The subject of the hunt is a symbolic and dynamic motif throughout his works; the hunt can be a quest, a journey or the search for ourselves. Through the use of elongated bodies, his paintings seek to show the exhilaration of movement within a static image; a forward thrust towards an end goal.  

Studio shots

Timur D’Vatz studied at the Republican College of Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1983-87, and between 1993-96 he attended the Post-Graduate courses at Royal Academy Schools, London. Having met Christopher Burness in 1992, he has been represented by Cadogan ever since. In this time, D’Vatz has exhibited across the continent and has been awarded a number of accolades including the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2002. His artwork is included in many private collections globally. 


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 Gallery (and 8 others since 2000)


2015 Galerie Montmartre, Paris
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
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