Ivan Tikhi was born in 1927 in Savyntsi, Kharkov region of the Ukraine. Showing a promise for art, he began formal art training at the Kiev Art Institute, where he graduated in 1953. He worked mostly in Kiev, Ukraine as a portraitist and landscape artist. Tikhi and received many state honors and awards including the title, “People’s Artist of the USSR” in 1964. That same year, accepted a professorship at the Kiev Art Institute where he remained until 1982.
The Tikhi’s house in Kharkov became the “Museum of I.A. Tikhi” in honor of his life’s work. The artist’s paintings are also included in major museum collections throughout Russia, including the Sevastopolski Museum of Art and the National Museum of Art.