Viktor Ivanov attended Moscow Secondary Professional Art School from 1926 to 1929. In 1928, he took classes at a studio of Dmitrii Kardovskii and, from 1929 to 1933, he continued his education at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture affiliated with the Russian Academy of Arts in Leningrad. Viktor Ivanov began to work for the central publishing house Ogiz-Izogiz in 1931 where he achieved acclaim as a graphic designer with a concentration in poster development. Ivanov began to exhibit professionally in 1934. He contributed to the TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) Studios between 1941 and 1943 and created approximately nineteen posters for that entity.
VAPP is the Department of State Book Publishers and Polygraphic Enterprises (Valsts apgādniecības un poligrāfijas uzņēmumu pārvaldes).
VAPP was the Department of State Book Publishers and Polygraphic Enterprises (Valsts apgādniecību un poligrāfisko uzņēmumu pārvaldes in Latvian). Founded in Latvia around 1940 with support of the USSR, the publisher VAPP was located at 11 Moskovskaia Street (today Teatrealnaia) in Riga, capital of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.