OVA at an early age showed interest in drama, music and cinema and soon started writing short stories and poetry. He even wrote a novel before he turned 18. OVA studied economics and Chinese language until at the age of 21 he decided to turn his hobbies into his future profession. At first after graduating from VGIK he became the director of non-fiction films, then he began shooting commercials. From the very first projects he was on the radar of international advertising festivals, by the age of 27 OVA began shooting festival short films and soon he graduated from Moscow New Cinema School. Since then, Ivan has shot his debut feature length film in Kazakhstan and his first series film for Megogo, he also appeared as a showrunner and creative producer on several projects. Currently, he works as a commercial director at Hype Talents and as a creative director at his own creative company Antidrama Content.