Born of Russian parents in France in 1939, and raised in Argentina, Liashkov immigrated to Los Angeles in 1955 where he studied Slavic languages at the University of California and completed his MFA at Otis Art Institute in 1967.  Since then Liashkov has been a practicing artist in the Los Angeles area.

He is Professor Emeritus at Art Center College of Design where he has taught since 1975.

His work is found in numerous private and public collections: San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco Museum of Art, Riverside Museum of Art, Laguna Beach Museum, Cleveland Center of Contemporary Art, Marble Palace St. Petersburg, Russia, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Japan, and Centro Cultural San Angel Mexico .

Liashkov has traveled extensively in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.