A grandson of a celebrated theater artist, Alexander Zhilyaev began his artistic training at a very early age.

He studied fine arts at Biysk State University in Siberia and later worked as a graphic designer at an advertising agency. Upon the success of his first individual exhibition in 2004, he turned freelance and since then has had a thriving carreer as a book illustrator.

Alexander lives in the town of Rubtsovsk, in the Altai Mountains with his wife and son. In his spare time, he likes to oil paint. His work can be viewed at www.vivaart.narod.ru