Ivan Abreht was born and raised in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia (present Republic of Serbia). He graduated at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 1997, where he also defended his magisterial dissertation in 2001. In 2004, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (USA). From 2005 to 2008, he managed ceramics programs at Monmouth University (NJ), and since 2008, he oversees the ceramics program at University of Miami (FL).
Albreht has participated in several residency programs, and showcased work in international competitions, and public and private collections globally since 1997 including: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and across the United States. In 2007, he won Special Prize at the 4th World Ceramic Biennial in Korea (CEBIKO), and in 2012, Albreht received the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship for the Visual Arts. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC/AIC) based in Geneva, Switzerland since 2009.