Kirsanov graduated from the Orenburg Art School in 1987. He worked freelance for Yuzhnyi Ural publishing company in Orenburg. He attended the Moscow State University of Printing (class of 1996). Since 1997 Kirsanov works there at the Department of Print Design as an instructor in typographic design and computer graphics. From 1996 he worked at ParaGraph International designing typefaces and the company’s web site. Since April 1998 Kirsanov works for ParaType digital type foundery. He is an author of the Magistral typeface based on a display typeface of Andrey Kryukov (1923–1998).