Every lead ran into a dead end, like walking through a maze. The investigation began to resemble the plot of a Dan Brown novel, with one exception - there were no clues. 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 the city of Frunze, now called Bishkek. It became clear that it was necessary to go to the capital of Kyrgyzstan, but there Adilzhan and David could find only a few of his works - the rest fell victim to passing time and the apathy of the building owners (see In Search of the Konstantinov Style
It seemed that the search was over and the story of the artist would remain unclear. 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 up with Leonid at Arman Cinema and learned that Viktor Innokentyevich had died without seeing his portrait.
For the project, the artists had teamed up with the Union of Veterans to capture surviving veterans on canvas. "We brought some of them to the studio, talked with them and made sketches. Konstantinov couldn't come in for health reasons, so we went to him ourselves. Despite being ill, he opened the door for us himself. Leaning on the walls, he moved quietly around the apartment. His second son, whom the family had adopted, was also at home; he had some serious illness, and he was immobile," recalls Leonid.