Ivan Kanchev was born in 1973 in Ruse, Bulgaria. In 2000 he graduated in Ceramics at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, and in 2006 in Psychology at the University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev“. He defended his doctoral dissertation in art history and fine arts at the Department of Sculpture, and from 2010 to 2011 he was a part-time lecturer in sculpture at the Department of Ceramics at the National Academy of Arts.
Ivan has had dozens of solo exhibitions of his work and participated in many group exhibitions in Bulgaria, and in prestigious ceramics forums in Italy, Spain, Japan, Poland, Denmark, France, Belgium, Switzerland, China, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, USA, and others. He has won numerous national and international awards, and his works are part of collections around the world. He is the author of curatorial projects and several books in the field of sculpture and ceramics.