Konstantin Akinsha is among the foremost scholars and curators of Russian and Ukrainian Art. He studied at the Shevchenko Art School in Kyiv, Ukraine and in in 1986 completed a Masters in Art History at the Moscow State University in Russia. He obtained his Candidate of Art History at the Research Institute of Art History in Moscow in 1990, and started a PhD at the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 2005. Throughout his career, he has been curator at the Kyiv Museum of Western and Oriental Art, Kyiv, Ukraine, Moscow correspondent for ARTnews, contributing editor for ARTnews magazine, New York, as well as a Research Fellow at both the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany and Bremen Kunstverein, East European Institute of Bremen University, Bremen, Germany. From 1999-2000 he was also Deputy Research Director Art and Cultural Property, Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, Washington, DC. In 2006 he became the European Correspondent for ARTnews magazine in Budapest, and in 2007 he also became a Eugene and Davmel Shklar Fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, he has been documenting the destruction of its cultural heritage and has been writing for such publications as The Wall Street Journal and for his own website.