On February 5 an exhibition timed to the 95th anniversary of People's Artist of Belarus Leonid Shchemelev was opened in the National Art Museum, the "Minsk-Novosti" Agency correspondent reports.
60 works of painting dated 1996-2000 are presented here. The exposition embodies 70 years of life in the art of Leonid Shchemelov - from a post-war student to an outstanding master of the 21st century whose life and destiny serve as an example of exceptional human and creative longevity, steadfastness and loyalty to the chosen path.
"I am happy that today at the opening of my exhibition so many people have gathered - both relatives and friends with whom I studied, worked, traveled around the world. I am especially grateful to my colleagues and artists. I am glad that many of them treat me well. I will keep the love for you all in my heart," Leonid Shchemelov said at the opening of the exhibition.
Leonid Shchemelov was born on February 5, 1923 in Vitebsk. Recollecting his life in the native city he says that it was the happiest time filled with sports, theater, cinema, drawing and circus. "In my soul there was always a bright hope and faith that everything would be fine," the artist says.
His paintings are filled with this faith. They are also filled with love for the Motherland, people, nature. He equally skillfully paints figurative pictures, lyrical landscapes, psychological portraits and tender works of still life.
He studied at the Minsk Art College, as well as at the Belarusian Theater and Art Institute. For a long time he was engaged in teaching activities. "The whole country was a workshop for me at that time for I am a traveler by my soul's spirits," says Leonid Shchemelov.
He has traveled about almost all the countries of the former Soviet Union, visited the states of Europe and Asia. He has been a participant in exhibitions since 1958. His works have been exhibited in many countries and purchased by the largest museums and art galleries.
During the Great Patriotic War he served in the infantry and cavalry; he went to the front at the age of eighteen. In the autumn of 1943 he was seriously wounded in a battle near Mozyr. Being a man with strong willpower, a sensitive but strong character, he retains faith in himself, in art, carrying it through his life, inspiring him to create more and more.
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