Born in 1951 in Lviv.
Graduated from the Lviv Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts (1977). In 1980-1981 he studied at the Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art. Since 1984 - a member of the Moscow branch of the Union of Artists.
In 1984, Nikolai Filatov, together with Andrey Reuter and German Vinogradov, created in the disbanded kindergarten a unique artistic phenomenon in the Moscow underground environment - "Kindergarten": a community of like-minded people and an art squat. This was the place where independent artists could meet, exhibit and store their work. The Kindergarten, which existed until 1986, became a legendary meeting point for many avant-garde figures of that time.