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 is working on a new short film named “The Jäger Within” which is set to hit various movie festivals during 2019.
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 bass player and video director. The Silverblack is an industrial metal band created by NeroArgento and Claudio Ravinale.
He’s a solo artist too: 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 almost reached 500.000 views on YouTube. At the moment, he’s working on a new solo industrial EP and he’s planning to release three new music videos, all connencted by the same storyline.
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 .
Besides his careers in music and cinema, his most known effort is mask making. He started to craft a series of handmade resin masks that has quickly become notorious online.
Today Ivan King is living in Italy and he’s playing with his music projects, creating movies, modeling and working on other artistic projects.
(Photo by Davide Cancila, 2019)