Ivan holds a Russian Pacific National University degree in Architectural Design from Khavarovsk. He works while traveling as a designer, sculptor and photographer. Ivan competes in ice carving competitions since 1999 winning in more than 30 Russian ice sculpture contest, including his latest victory in 2011. Ivan has won numerous prizes in wood carving and metal sculptures. He participates in competitions in sand and snow sculpting, architectural design and photograph contests in Russia and Finland. Teamed with Vadim Polin he won 1st place in Finland’s Art Meets Ice 2012. This is Ivan’s first travel to Alaska.