Joseph Ginzburg was born in the Jewish town of Propoysk (now Slavgorod) on April 15, 1910.
In the late 1920’s. Joseph Igin studied at the Leningrad Art College, then graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute, the former famous VKhUTEMAS and VHUTEIN (Higher Art and Technical Institute).
The real popularity and glory of the artist was won by the author of numerous cartoons. His drawings were published in humorous sections of Soviet magazines. Many cartoons were published in the magazine “Crocodile”.
Igin created a whole gallery of cartoon portraits of his generation: writers, artists and other famous cultural figures. Recall that at that harsh time, which fell to the artist, to draw cartoons on Soviet political figures was strictly forbidden.
In 1962, a joint book of parodies by Igin and Svetlov was published, The Museum of Friends
In the last years of his life, the artist Ilyich Igin wrote memoirs “About the People I Drew”