Ilya Ostroukhov was born in Moscow. He took private classes (1880–1884) and was a painter, a scene-painter and a collector. Ostroukhov was a member of the Society of Traveling Art Exhibitions (since 1891), the Union of Russian Artists (since 1903), a full member of the Academy of Arts (1906).

He was a participant of the Abramtsevo Colony since 1880. In Abramtsevo he painted landscapes, took part in the amateur performances. Nowadays the Abramtsevo Museum preserves the artist's pictures in its collection.


Ilya Ostroukhov. In the Abramtsevo park. 1885