Leonid Afremov is a Belarus painter, one of the most colorful painters you’ve never heard of. His painting skill with a palette knife and oil paint creates vivid scenes, landscape, figures and cityscapes full of bright colors and watery reflections.
His thick strokes are almost mosaic in nature, but the result is not without detail where the colors merge.
Afremov’s landscapes capture the emotion of a casual stroll through an old Belarusian city, with all the vibrant color and culture alive in this artist’s perspective.
Leonid Afremov Biography
He was born in the family of a shoe designer and a metal plant engineer on July 12th, 1955, in Vitebsk, Belarus, and was raised in Jewish traditions despite anti semitism governmental practices.
At school, Afremov showed himself as an intelligent and gifted student and developed great interest in history and art.
Aside from attending all possible school classes, he also took private lessons from established local artists, including Barowski.
Leonid graduated with honor from a local high school in 1973 and entered the arts and graphics department of Vitebsk Education Institute. It was then that he discovered the world of Dali, Picasso, Modigliani and Chagall, the great artists that inspired and influenced his early work.
While studying in college, he took part in numerous amatory exhibitions and even managed to sell some of his paintings. During his college years, Afremov was introduced to his future wife, Inessa Kagan.
They married in 1976, and the following year their first son Dmitry was born.
The crucial turnaround in the life of Leonid Afremov occurred in 1990, when the family moved to Israeli following the Khrushchev Thaw. Leonid had some relatives in Ramat-Gan that helped him find an apartment to rent.
A few weeks after the trip, the artist got the job of a sign designer in a local advertising agency. After that, he made frames in a gallery shop – a place where he got his first idea of palette knife painting.
Because of the generally hostile attitude towards Russian immigrants in Israeli, local galleries offered extremely low prices to buy oil paintings by Afremov. His attempts to get even at local exhibitions and street fairs failed as well.