was born in Italy, on December 23th, 1989. He attended an art school to become a comic-book artist, but, during the studies, he decided to dedicate himself to cinema. When he was 15, he began filming short movies, as a director, editor and actor.
In 2010 he created the , a filmmakers team. His first important short film was “Like God” (2012), winner of the Best Short Film Award at The Reign of Horror Short Movie Awards 2013, followed by “The House of the Rising Sun” (2014), winner of the Silver Award at California Film Awards 2014. After several years, king UNIT released a new short film named “The Jäger Within” winning as “Best Film” at Cult Movies International Film Festival 2020, “Best Short Producer” and “Best Produced Short Script” at the International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo 2020 and “Best Special Effects” award at Visioni Notturne 2020 and many other selections.
“The Jäger Within” was released on Amazon Prime Video during October 2020 for USA and UK users. It was later released on king UNIT official YouTube channel.
Ivan King is a musician too. In April 2014 he created a music project named which released its first record “Frozen Limbo Zero“ in October 2015. In September 2014, Ivan King joined as live bass player and video director. The Silverblack is an industrial metal band created by NeroArgento and Claudio Ravinale.
He’s also a solo artist: he released some singles between 2012 and 2017 and he also wrote and directed the videoclips of his songs “Bloodshot” (2012), “Divine” (2014) and “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” (2017): this one is a cover of the main theme song of the worldwide famous videogame Resident Evil 7. The music video was well received by fans, it almost reached 700.000 views on YouTube and it was also appreciated by Resident Evil 7 director Koshi Nakanishi and the Capcom team who developed the game franchise.
In late 2017 and 2018, Ivan King was one of the main artist performing at the One More Light Italia, the Chester Bennington Italian memorial concert. The 2018 show featured former members of Orgy and Dead By Sunrise, Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh with their band Julien-K. Ivan had the honor to perform one of his favourite songs ever with them,“Morning After” by Dead By Sunrise.
Ivan King released his new single “Without Fear” on December 15th, 2019. The whole EP “The Ballad of the Dead Man“ is available from late January 2020 everywhere. The industrial EP is produced and mastered by NeroArgento, it has two special guests: Infernalizer and Nicolas IX and the song “Without Fear” was choosen by the Californian industrial band DK-Zero for a remix.
Ivan King directed and shot six music videos for the EP, one for each track and the videos of the tracks “Metamorphosis“, “Psychobreak” and “The End of the Line” are linked by the same storyline called “The Arc“.
In January 2023, Ivan King released a brand new single named “Extinction”, alongside a sci-fi horror music video.
Besides his careers in music and indipendent cinema, his most known effort in art is mask making. This is a very old passion, since he was just a kid. On March 2017, he started to craft and sell on his Etsy shop a series of handmade resin masks that have quickly become notorious online. He hosted a panel at the Icelandic convention Midgard 2019, alongside guests such as Manu Bennet, Dan Abnett and David Bateson. In late 2021, Ivan King started an ongoing collaboration with the former WWE and now AEW superstar Malakai Black, crafting his personal masks and for his team known as The House of Black.
Today Ivan King is working on his music projects, movies, modeling and other artistic projects.
(Photo by Shadowphoto, 2021)