Born in Vladikavkaz, the territory where Southern Russia meets Chechnya in 1983, Timur lived with his family until moving from the region during the conflict of 1991. After moving to St. Petersburg, Timur began attending the St. Petersburg Iagonson Fine Art School at the age of twelve, where many of the professors studied at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts. While living in Russia Timur also received private tutoring from Nikita Fomin, son of Piotr Fomin.
After graduation, Timur immigrated to Chattanooga, Tenn. to live with his father, Daud Akhriev, and stepmother Melissa Hefferlin, who are also Russian-trained artists. Timur attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga studying in the Fine Arts program. In 2005 to further his education Timur moved to Florence, Italy to study at the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cicel Studios of drawing, painting, and sculpture for two years.
Though still early in his artistic career, Akhriev has completed many commissions for private collectors, and participated in a number group shows throughout the country.
Today, the he splits his time between the US and Europe. He has become well-known for his paintings of the fishing industry in New England as well as various subject matters in Italy. He is skilled in painting all genres of work.