Younger contemporary and disciple of the famous medalist Feodor Tolstoy. His artistic career began in Zlatoust work shop of the decorated weapon, and from there was sent to the St. Petersburg Academy of arts "for improvement in the rules of drawing." From 1825 to 1830 he studies as a pensioner of the Department of mining and salt Affairs in medal class. Carving on solid stones he taught P. E. Dobrokhotov, medallic art – F. P. Tolstoy. In 1929 he received a gold medal of Academy of arts. After completing the course of study is travelling abroad, was appointed a pensioner of the Academy for improvement in the art, the study of the anatomy and theory of fine arts. In 1831 he was appointed a teacher in the medal class. Since 1830, Utkin takes the stamps medals for the Saint-Petersburg mint, and in 1835 transferred his staff to the post of medallist. The title of academician of the Imperial Academy of arts he was awarded in 1939, and in 1842 became Professor.