Timur Akhriev was born in 1983 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Timur was influenced by art at an early age thanks to his father, internationally acclaimed artist, Daud Akhriev. The talent that Timur possessed was recognized by his father, so naturally Timur studied painting under him. Timur studied painting and drawing from the 6th grade at the St. Petersburg Iagonson Art Middle and High School. At this school most of the instructors also teach at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts. Timur also received private tutoring from Nikita Fomin, son of Piotr Fomin. After graduation, Timur immigrated to Chattanooga to live with his father, Daud Akhriev and stepmother Melissa Hefferlin, who are also Russian-trained artists. In Chattanooga, Timur attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Fine Arts program where he won “Best in Show” in several exhibitions. Though just 26, Akhriev has completed many commissions for private collectors, and participated in many group shows throughout the country.