Vyacheslav Okunev was born in Leningrad. Studied at the Leningrad Cherkasov State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema (studio of I. Segal). While still a student, he was invited to work with the Maly Opera (Mikhailovsky) and the Kirov Theatre (Maiinsky). Has worked as a set and costume designer on over three hundred productions since 1975.
Major works include: Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Delib's Coppélia, Adam's Giselle, Stravinsky's Mavra, Les Noces, Petrouchka, Shchedrin's Anna Karenina, A. Tchaikovsky´s The Government Inspector and Rimsky-Korsakov´s Kashchei the Immortal at the Mariinsky Theatre; Lovenskjold's La Sylphide, Musorgsky'sKhovanshchina and the ballet Russian Hamlet (choreography by Boris Eifman) at the Bolshoi Theatre; Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Puccini's Tosca, Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica at the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company; recent productions of the Boris Eifman State Academic Ballet Theatre; and Bizet's Carmen, Verdi's La traviata, Rigoletto, Otello, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar´s Bride, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Glazunov's Raymonda and La Fille malgardée at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Over the years he has worked with companies including the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, the Greek National Opera, the Theatre Wielki (Poland), Hungarian National Opera (Budapest), the National Theatres in Seoul and Tokyo, New York City Ballet and the Theatre Cagliari, La Scala and the Arena di Verona in Italy.
Vyacheslav Okunev is an extremely talented artist with a wealth of experience across the most renowned stages in the world. He has now joined an international team of THE GREAT GATSBY ballet to design the set of the project.