Ivan was born in 1942 in the Belarusian village Terebletsche. He crafts his pieces using only the axe. He carves in huge blocks of wood of different varieties. His favourite themes are Slavic folklore and mythology. He makes figures of divinities, older people, as well as sacral-themed sculptures. He also engages in graphic design.

In Terebletsche, he has founded the Museum of Ethnography that holds most of his works and a collection of traditional tools used in nearby villages. Ivan took part in many competitions and exhibitions. He has received the award “For spiritual revival”  granted by the President of the Republic of Belarus.