Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya Mirochnik immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s with his family. From a young age, he pursued training in the arts. In 2013, Iliya completed his studies in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture with a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting. In his work, he aims to connect the Russian aesthetic with American sensibilities, creating images that go beyond their origins. Iliya has participated in group exhibitions across the United States and has had solo shows in New York City's Dacia Gallery, Kate Oh Gallery, and Galerie Schloss Wiespach in Salzburg, Austria. Iliya has received many prestigious national and international scholarships and awards, receiving the "First Place" award in the Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competition in 2013 and "Third Place" at the Alpine Fellowship Fine Art Competition in 2017. He is also a Signature Member of the Portrait Society of America. Since 2018, he has been living in Sarasota, Florida, where he is Painting Faculty in the Illustration Department of Ringling College of Art and Design. Most recently, Iliya has been exploring 2D and 3D digital media, intending to integrate new techniques into his traditional practice.