Rafael Akopov was born in Moscow, Russia in December of 1937. After graduating Moscow Technical College of Theater and Arts, he began to develop as an artist. Thereafter, Rafael expanded his high education in Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Arts. He ultimately completed Russian State University of Cinematography where he became a designer for both theater and movie industries. He followed his passion of painting and as such participated in numerous exhibitions in several European countries. Today, many of his painting exist in private collections.