Anatoly was born in 1946 in Yagotyn, Kyivregion. He spent most of his life in the capital, but in 2000 he went back to his native land, settled in Zasupoyivka village not far from Yagotyn and set up a studio there. Though Kryvolap got a classical professional education at the Kyiv State Art Institute, his way in art was paved with his own ideas of colours and tints.
After his graduation, Anatoly retiredfrom public life for as long as 15 years. He utterly rejected the then-dominating socialist realism and spent all these years searching for his own place in art. For all this time Kryvolap was cordially supported by his close friend and, later, the owner of one of the largest collection of his artworks, the Polish doctor Richard Wroblewski whom he had met in 1978.
The National Art Exhibition arranged tomark the 45th anniversary of the Victory, which was held in Kiev in 1990, turned out to be a landmark event in Kryvolap`s professional career. The organizers put his Crimson Heights into a most inconspicuous place claiming it to be too bright and dramatic. Nevertheless, it drew considerable public attention, hence Kryvolap’s extraordinary talent was uncovered and revealed to the professional community.
In 1992 painter Kryvolap together withhis peers established a professional group Zhyvopysnyi Zapovidnyk, which formally existed only untill 1995, but whoseinfluence on Ukrainian contemporary art lasted for decades.
During the next twenty years, Kryvolapgained a reputation as an eminent artist, well-known both in Ukraine and abroad. His paintings can now be found in art museums and in private collections all around the world. In 2011, Kryvolap’s Horse. Night was sold at Phillips for $121,343 which officiallymade him the most expensive and the most successful painter in Ukraine.