Timofeev Sergey Anatolyevich

Moscow, Russia

10.05.1959 - 05.06.1993

Painter, cartoonist, poet, musician

The founder of the Rostov musical group “Beijing Row-Row”, an active member of the Art or Death partnership, the main artist of the Fourth Ostankino Channel.

Born on May 10, 1959 in Syktyvkar in a family of geologists. He lived and studied in Lviv. In the mid-1970s, he moved to Rostov-on-Don, where he lived with his aunt. At the end of the eighth grade, he entered Rostov vocational school No. 14, specialty “tiler-mosaicist”.

For some time he worked as an artist in the Rostov youth newspaper “Komsomolets”, later renamed “Our Time”, the author of the first logo of the newly formed newspaper. In 1987, he quit the newspaper and got a job at the housing Department, from which he received a workshop, a damp basement in a house on Gorky Street, between Ostrovsky and Khalturinsky lanes. Developed the design of the Rostov newspaper “Press Adjutant”.

He took an active part in most of the projects of the Art or Death partnership.

The Peking Row-Row group he created became a cult in Rostov-on-Don with lightning speed, its albums were reviewed by the Aurora magazine. Timofeev said: “I have not given up painting and continue to think like an artist — plastically. But in addition to brushes, paints, some cans, photos, there is also music and words. And all this can be collaged. Actually, this was the first attempt of the early concerts of “Beijing”.”

In 1991, Sergey Timofeev planned together with Kirill Serebrennikov and Max Belozor to direct the film “Give me your Head, Jose!”, but the project was not implemented.

In the early 90s, following his colleagues in the Art or Death partnership, he moved to Moscow. At the invitation of D. Dibrov, he worked on television as the main artist of the Fourth Ostankino Channel. In 1993, he was the first in the country to invent and implement a series of social commercials on Channel Four (“Everything will be fine!”).

On the night of May 29, 1993, Sergei Timofeev was shot in the stomach on a street in Moscow. The bullet passed through vital organs and damaged the spine. On June 5, 1993, he died of peritonitis at the Sklifosovsky Institute. He was buried at the Rakitki cemetery in the Moscow region.

Exhibitions and promotions:

  • 2009 — “Art or Death Partnership”. The State Museum of Modern Art, Moscow.
  • 2008 — “About the mortal in art. In memory of Nikolai Konstantinov”. M-gallery, Rostov-on-Don.
  • 1992 — “Kinetic graphics”. Gallery in Trekhprudny Lane, Moscow.
  • 1992 — “Left foot”. Gallery in Trekhprudny Lane, Moscow.
  • 1992 — “Heroic / Living Force”. Rostov Regional Museum of Fine Arts, Rostov-on-Don.
  • 1991 — “Tima” (solo exhibition). Art Gallery of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Rostov-on-Don.
  • 1989 — “An exhibition that doesn’t count because everything is very bad.” Yunost Hotel, Moscow.
  • 1989 — “Feast of the name of the Great Egyptian Queen of Love Cleopatra”, Rostov-on-Don.
  • 1989 — “Italy has the shape of a boot”. The exhibition hall of the Union of Artists on the Embankment, Rostov-on-Don.
  • 1988 — “Provincial avant-garde”. Cooperative toilet “Progress” (Gazetny Lane — Engels Street), Rostov-on-Don.
  • 1988 — “Zhupel”. The exhibition hall of the Union of Artists on Gorky Street, Rostov-on-Don.
  • In 1998, an exhibition in memory of Sergei Timofeev was held at the Rostov Architectural Institute on Budennovsky.
  • In 1999, at the center named after Kim Nazaretov, a concert in memory of Sergei Timofeev took place, where the participants of the concert (“Sputnik Vostok”, “Forbidden Drummers”, “Urban Drama”) performed the songs “Beijing Row-Row”.
  • On May 30, 2009, the group “Beasts” performed Sergei Timofeev’s song “Spring” from the repertoire of “Beijing Row Row” at their concert in the hall of the Moscow Art Theater named after M. Gorky.
  • On January 23, 2010, a concert of the band “Worse than Children”, which gathered former members of the “Beijing Row Row” led by Dmitry Keleshyan, took place in the Subway club (Rostov-on-Don).
  • The song “Skip-Skip” by the Belarusian cabaret band “Silver Wedding” is dedicated to Sergey Timofeev.
  • In June 2011, Sergey Timofeev was included in the list of nominees for the installation of a personal star on the Avenue of Stars in Rostov-on-Don. Among the participants of this competition were such famous Rostov residents as Alexander Kaidanovsky, Martiros Saryan, Rostislav Plyatt, etc.
  • In August 2015, it became known that a street named after Sergei Timofeev would appear in one of the districts of Rostov-on-Don under construction. This decision was made by the city interdepartmental commission on names. The street should appear in the new Platovsky microdistrict. Sergei Timofeev Street will be located next to the street named after another remarkable artist, Timofey Teryaev.


Reference: Wikipedia, 2010


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