Ildar Iksanov, now based in Moscow, was born in Astrakhan, a small town near the Caspian Sea in 1991.
An all-round creative, Iksanov is perhaps most well known for his menswear styling, however, most recently he has focused on his fine-art photography career. Iksanov is also heavily involved in the Russian music scene, playing drums in the Moscow based new wave group, Trud.
Ildar Iksanov travels frequently to places more ambiguous to the every- day tourist: Yerevan, Sevan, Tbilisi, Dilijan. Iksanov documents his daily life through a Contax T2 often focusing on architectural themes which appear somewhat alien to the average Western viewer, additionally, flowers, both in their natural environment and curated settings appear repeatedly as a theme in Iksanov’s work, offering a stark contrast to the monotoned concrete of Soviet architecture.
In 2017 Ildar took part in two group exhibitions in Moscow. Nike ‘Train’ included a musical composition created specifically for the project as well as a thematic mood board composed of photographs and personal effects. The other major exhibition, titled: “Synthesis & Integration” showcased Iksanov’s ‘Flowers/Towers’ series.