Ivan Kanka is a native of a Slovakian town of Zvolen. He's been living in Prague, the Czech Republic, since 2003. He gained an engineering degree at the Technical University in Zvolen.
He worked in several advertising agencies as a graphic designer, later in a yacht charter company in Croatia. Currently, he's a director of a trading company in the Czech Republic.
As a former active climber, Ivan Kanka participated in several expeditions to the high mountains. Now he sees himself mainly as a yachtsman and a skipper with a penchant for photography.