Aleksandr Ivanov was born on 1 June 1956 in Astrachan. Before his accident in 1990, he was a man with a well-established career. In 1990 he suffered a grave injury to his spinal vertebrae C5/C6 while training Asian Martial Arts. He has been almost, completely paralysed since that time. His strong will, extraordinary diligence and his courage to face life made Aleksandr Ivanov find his way back to art. Since 1992 he has almost exclusively dedicated himself to painting. As early as in 1993 he had his first exhibition.