Ivan Krutoyarov was born in 1958 in Volgograd.
Higher education in the sciences. From 1983 till 1989 studied at Moscow Learning People's University of Arts, specialization in easel painting. 

A member of the  Artists's Creative Union of Russia. A member of the Artists's Union of the Moscow Region. Organazer and curator of the international exhibition projects, winner of the international contests.

 Uses unique author's technique of oil painting. His own style defines as a combination of impressionism and expressionism.

Participant of numerous all-Russian and international exhibitions. One of the few artists who has in his exhibition baggage a personal exhibition in the gallery of the Council of Europe (France, Strasbourg).

The artist's works are in corporate collections of RAO "Gazprom", "Norilsk Nickel", Shell, British Petroleum, in private collections in Russia and abroad.

 "Ivan Krutoyarov's painting distinguishes itself at Russian exhibitions of modern artists by pensiveness, concentration, fascinating romanticism. The artist, teetering on the edge of styles, undoubtedly, has his own hand and manner, being a rich heir to the traditions of Moscow pictorial school and admirer of European neoimpressionism.
 "Expressive impressionism" of Krutoyarov is notable for its philosophic content combining the value of what is painted with the way how it is painted. The art credo of Ivan Krutoyarov is the combination of power of colours with the depth of the subject's sense. Painting technique perfection is not an end in itself for the artist, he addresses himself, first of all, to the spectator - an individual, but not to his aesthetic sensibility.
 In his philosophic works the artist uses colours and texture of paints as means of influence upon the feelings and emotions of the audience. He manages to pass on the whole range of feelings - from the surface ones, such as rest, confusion, anxiety, hope, sadness to the most deep, intuitive feelings which are frequently not clearly realized. In Ivan Krutoyarov's paintings refinement is combined with touching naivety.
 When describing and characterizing Ivan Krutoyarov's artworks, it is impossible to do without the theory of interaction of colours and musical tones formulated by ancient Greeks. All artworks of the artist are surprisingly musical.
 In the artist's paintings the power of expressionistic thought is combined with the refined fineness of pictorial vision. The desire for harmony in the perception of the world which became rare in the art of the last three decades gladdens by the "light sorrow", but neither the subject nor highly professional technical workmanship determines the meaning of a painting. The most interesting aspect of art is the artist's personality, and if it is as original as that of Ivan Krutoyarov, the critics are ready to admire".

Julia Mikhailova, art critic,
expert of Moscow Service for the Preservation of Cultural Valuables under Moscow Department of Culture