Born into a family of sailors in Omsk, Ilya Tsarev was active in various sports: swimming, football, and tennis since childhood. He graduated from the Omsk State Pedagogical University Faculty of Philosophy and Cultural Studies and the Omsk State Technical University Faculty of Management Systems. Despite his interest in the humanities, he had to work as a laborer in technical specialties at a “secret factory,” His creative spirit was undiminished and at the age of 21 he moved to St. Petersburg where he rented a one-room apartment. He began to try his hand at prose, music, learned various instruments, until he picked up a brush in 2016.
At 32 years old, he draws and paints detailed works which reflect his internal experiences inspired by fantasy, subjects of esoteric literature and existential prose of the 20th century.