Ivan Mikhailov was born in 1981 in Novocheboksarsk, Russia. He graduated from the Chuvash Pedagogical State University with a teaching degree in fine arts and drawing. As a student, he organized his first personal photo exhibition. After graduating, he worked as a commercial photographer for the design studio Alchemist. In 2006 he became a member of the Russian Art Photographers Union. His photos are in collections of the Moscow House of Photography, Nizhny Novgorod Museum of Photography History and in the National Museum of Chuvashia.