Searches, like walking through a maze, everywhere ran into a dead end. The investigation began to resemble the plot of a Dan Brown novel, with one exception - the case did not throw any clues and prompts. After months of work, we didn't even know if the artist was alive.
Aleksandr Korzhempo, Architect and Project Designer of the "Arman" cinema, said that before Almaty, he and Konstantinov worked together in Frunze - now Bishkek. It became clear that it is necessary to go to the capital of Kyrgyzstan, but there Adilzhan and David could find only a few of his works - the rest were not spared by the time and the owners of the buildings (see Search for Konstantinov's Language
It seemed that the search is over and an identity of the artist will remain incognito. But in early February 2019, Art Curator Dilda Ramazan, a member of the team, accidentally learned that her friend Leonid Khan, a young artist, had painted a portrait of Viktor Konstantinov in 2011.
We met with Leonid in the "Arman" cinema and learned that Viktor Innokentyevich died without seeing his portrait.
It was a project that the artists made with the Union of Veterans, deciding to capture the surviving veterans on canvas. "We brought someone to the studio, talked with them and made sketches. Konstantinov could not come to us for health reasons, so we went to him ourselves. Despite his ill health, he himself opened the door for us. Leaning on the walls, he moved quietly around the apartment. There was also his second son at home, whom the the family adopted; he had some serious illness, he was immobilized," recalls Leonid.