Konstantin Akinsha studied at the Shevchenko Art School in Kiev, Ukraine, and completed a masters degree in Art History at the Moscow State University. He did further study at the Research Insititute of Art History in Moscow and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
He has been curator at the Kiev Museum of Western and Oriental Art, Moscow correspondent for ARTnews, contributing editor for ARTnews magazine in New York, as well as a Research Fellow at both the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany and Bremen Kunstverein, East European Institute of Bremen University, Germany. From 1999-2000 he was deputy research director for Art and Cultural Property for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the USA. In 2006 he became the European Correspondent for ARTnews magazine in Budapest, and in 2007 he also became a Shklar Fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University.
He has written a number of books, including The Funeral of the Revolution (2008).