Born in 1955 in Borchshevo village near Voronezh, Ivan Bondarev entered an art school in 1979. Since then, in his own words, he continues an endless creative quest, experimenting with techniques, materials and textures. He prefers oil paints in combination with acrylics.
Ivan Bondarev became a member of the Russian Artists Union in 2000. His artworks are in private collections both in Russia and abroad. The painter participates in exhibitions in Russia.
Ivan says that the main factor in his work is chance. His aim as an artist is to seize that chance, combine it with his mastery and create a holistic work of art.
When Ivan starts a new artwork, he never knows when it will be finished. He comes back to some of his paintings years after. He thinks the main power of his art is aesthetics.