Daniil Alikov was born in 1980 in Western Siberia, USSR. His father was a historian and mother is a piano teacher.
Post-soviet grey reality of 80's contrasted a lot with the extraordinary talent of a young boy who had a vivid imagination and started early on poetry, music and drawing. In his teens Daniil got interested in computer graphics which then became a pivotal moment in his development as a visual artist. Despite hard times in the history of Russia at that time Daniil was totally obsessed with new technologies and he put all his efforts in not only educating himself and learning new software but also in becoming a skilled professional in the field of graphic design and computer graphics in particular.
After leaving his hometown in 2007 Daniil moves to Moscow and then Singapore and Canada working as a digital artist in the Visual Effects (VFX) industry he gets credited in many blockbuster movies such as Avengers: Endgame, Deadpool, Star Wars and Transformers to name a few.
Once acquired one skill, Daniil Alikov looks for new ways of self-realization which, in 2014, brings him into Fine Arts. Without any academic background, not knowing anything about art history or contemporary art Daniil gets fully immersed into a fascinating and alluring art world. Self-educating again, reading, listening to lectures and interviews, visiting art galleries and museums and, of course, practicing art himself Daniil experiments, changes styles, exploring different approaches and materials, restlessly and passionately devoting himself to this new endeavor. Being a delicate and thoughtful artist, Alikov creates a new visual language where rules are modifiable and variations are infinite.
Currently based in Richmond, BC, Canada, Daniil Alikov lives there with his spouse and two daughters. He works in one of the world's leading VFX studios and continues on creating his original, novel, vivid and peculiar artworks.
photo: Cindy Li