Born and died in Sofia. He studied at the ArtAcademy in Sofia from 1906. In 1909 departed for Moscow. His first solo exhibition held in 1911. He was war artist in 1912–1913 and 1917. He was the most famous and outstanding Bulgarian watercolor painter who preferred to draw landscapes from Rila and PirinMountains, Sofia and Tarnovo regions. His works were presented at national and solo exhibitions in Bulgaria, the CzechRepublic,Venice, Germany and Hungary.
Constantine Shtarkelov visited Macedonia in multiple occasions, mainly as an official Military painter during the First World War. One example of his works created in Macedonia is watercolor entitled Leshok from 1917, sold by Auction House Viktoria, Sofia Bulgaria. Some other examples from Macedonian works is the watercolor “Macedonian girl 1926” in the possession of the City Art Gallery of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.