Arsen Khairullavich Kurbanov was born in 1969 in the city of Makhachkala, Dagestan (in the former USSR) to artistic parents. His mother is painter Galina Vasilevna Pshenitsina and his father is painter Khairullah Magomedovich Kurbanov.
From 1981 to 1988 Arsen Kurbanov studied in the Dagestan Art College named after Jeman. He defended his diploma painting, a mural, on the theme Artist and Time.
From 1988 to 1994, Arsen studied at the Repin Institute for painting Sculpture, and Architecture (also called the Russian Academy of Art) in St. Petersburg, in the studio of U. M. Neprintsov. During his time of studying, Kurbanov participated in exhibits in Berlin, Germany. After he finished his classwork, he produced and defended his diploma painting on the theme The White Goat.
Important exhibitions include: * 1987: Fall exhibit in the hall of the Artists Union of Dagestan. * 1988: Youths Exhibit of the Artists Union of Dagastan. * 1989: Exhibit of Repin students at the Berlin High Institute. * 1992: Exhibit at the House of Cinema in St. Petersburg. * 1993: Exhibit in TS V Z (acronymn) St. Petersburg. * 1993: Exhibit in the Artists Union of St. Petersburg. * 1994: Exhibit in the House of Cinematographers of St. Petersburg.
He participated in the execution of the television programs Cathedral, 1993, and Hropograf, 1993.
Arsen continues to paint in St. Petersburg and to present his works in international exhibitions.
His works have been published in various books and journals, including: * International Masters of Fine Art – 2003. Catalog of Exhibit, 2003. * Tradition Rediscovered. CommonPlace Publishing, New Canaan, CT.