Constantin (Kostia) Terechkovitch was born near Moscow in 1902. In 1920 he went to Paris to study art at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Welcomed by compatriots such as Mikhail Larionov and Soutine, Terechkovitch settled in Montparnasse, where his close friends included Moise Kisling and Andre Lanskoy. Terechkovitch was a key member of the loose alliance of colourists known as La Réalité Poètique.
He was eventually to become the only Montparnasse artist of the between-the-wars School of Paris to maintain his own racing stable, an indication of the keen interest in sport and high living.