Born in Port Alberni, BC, Ilya attended North Island College where he studied Fine Arts. He divides his time between Vancouver Island and Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
Ilya has shown his work at events and galleries on Vancouver Island and the Yukon, participating in the Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City, as well as teaching art workshops online and in person. In addition to being a freelance visual artist, Ilya has worked in industrial art, as a background painter for animations and art design for music albums.
He can be found on Instagram, where he has posted a daily drawing for over 1700 days.