Vitaly Mansky was born in 1963 in Lviv, Ukraine.
Mansky graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and began his career as a cinematographer. These films were presented at more than 500 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and the Toronto International Film Festival. In the 1990s, he segued to working as a director for Russian television, where he specialized in documentary films. Mansky went on to direct independent documentaries, including the critically-acclaimed UNDER THE SUN, PIPELINE and PUTIN'S WITNESSES.
Vitaly Manskiy is the Prize-winner of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Awards, of the medal of the Russian Rosaviakosmos "Golubaya Planeta" (Blue Planet); he is Academician of the Cinema Academy "NIKA", the member of the Russian Cinema Academy "TEFI", Academician of the Eurasian Academy of Cinema and Radio. Deputy Chief of Russian Film Union, General producer of National Film Award "Lavrovaya Vetv" (Laurel Branch), President of documentary film festival "Artdocfest". President of the Moscow Documentary Films Festival "ARTDOKFEST".
Since 2014 he has been living with his family in exile in Latvia.