Ivan Gorshkov was born in Voronezh in 1984. He graduated from the Fine Arts department of the Voronezh State Teacher Training University. He is one of the founders of the Voronezh Center of Contemporary Art (2009). He has been granted scholarship in the emerging artist support program of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art three times. His solo shows took place in Voronezh, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Vienna, and Budapest. Cosmoscow 2017 Artist of the Year.

His semi-abstract objects made of wood, toys, fabric, and enameled metal resemble monsters, mutated organics and deformed figures of people. These images with a touch of expressionist manner can also be found in his painting. He combines several pieces in installations built around fictional stories and characters.