Jakiv was born in 1940 in the city of Dolyna, Ivano-Frankivsk province of Ukraine. He has lived in Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy and the Unated States. He studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto from 1979 to 1982, and took private lessons with several artists. While traveling in Europe, Yakiv stadied the original artwork of the great masters. He believes that the essence of art is a spiritual experience. His paintings portray a creative dialogue with nature. Yakiv’s art can be found in galleries and institutes in Toronto, New York, Rome, Sydney, Kyiv and Lviv.