Igor Koutsenko was born in Evpatoria, a resort city on the
Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea. His father brought him to the
Children's Art School in his hometown after he demonstrated artistic
ability at a young age. At age eleven, Koutsenko was accepted to the
adult art studio directed by the acclaimed artist Zvyagintesev who
encouraged his talent.
Later Koutsenko was educated
at the Penza School of Art (class of E. Iodynis) and received rigorous
training in the old traditions of Russian realist art. Later, while
living in Moscow, he successfully used the Moscow art market to sell
his creations to Russian and foreign collectors. His experience in
Moscow allowed him to fully realize himself as an independent artist.
Koutsenko immigrated to
the United States in 1992 settling in Oklahoma City where he taught
fine art at the University of Central Oklahoma. In 1995, he was granted
permanent United States resident ship as an alien of extraordinary
In his private studio
in the Paseo Art District of Oklahoma City, he continued to produce
his own works and participated in a number of exhibits throughout
the United States. Koutsenko has been featured in numerous articles
in newspapers and magazines and he has appeared in "Artbreak"
on Bravo channel. Numerous works by Koutsenko have entered some distinguished
private collections in the United States.
In 1998 Koutsenko visited
Southern California and was attracted by its beautiful scenery and
climate that reminded him of his boyhood surroundings. Since moving
to San Diego, he has taught fine art privately and at Arts College
International in downtown San Diego. He also continues to produce
his own original work.