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Nikolai Efimovich Timkov was born on August 12, 1912, at a settlement of Nakhichevanskaya Dacha close to Rostov-on-Don, Russia to a peasant family. In 1931 he went to Moscow, where he met with Pavel Radimov and other artists of the AKhR Association (Association of Artists of the Revolution). During this time he studied the paintings at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, and did lots of plein air painting. Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov gave Timkov advice on his work. Artist Isaak Brodsky advised Timkov to go to St. Petersburg to continue his art education, so in 1933 he entered the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, graduating in 1939. After graduation, Nikolai Timkov fought in the Great Patriotic War and was among defenders of Leningrad during the siege. After the war Timkov participated in the exhibition of the defenders of Leningrad, and in the exhibition titled "The Heroics of Soviet Front and Rear" in Moscow at the Tretyakov Gallery in 1943, receiving several awards for his work. Since the late 1940s Timkov participated in exhibitions with the All-Union Art Exhibitions.
The formation of Nikolai Timkov's individual creative style proceeded gradually. In the first post World War II decade, Timkov’s style was entirely under the influence of the 19th-century Russian landscape painters. Over time he developed his own voice and his work became more decorative, with the use of pattern and shapes becoming more generalized. Timkov did not stop the quest for his own identity until the last years of his life. By the mid-1960s he had developed a recognizable style, which was colorful with the use of expressive textures. In 1982 the Moscow House of Artists successfully hosted an exhibition of his work. In 1987 he was awarded an honorable title of Honored Artist of Russian Federation. Timkov died in 1993 in St. Petersburg. His paintings reside at the State Russian Museum, as well as in art museums and private collections in Russia, France, England, Japan, in the U.S., and throughout the world.