MINSK, 14 January (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko sent condolences to the family and friends of Belarusian artist Leonid Shchemelev, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.
"He dedicated his life to visual art, giving it all his heart, talent and inspiration. His art is an invaluable contribution to the national culture, the spiritual treasure trove of Belarus," the message of condolences said.
The head of state noted that Leonid Shchemelev brought up several generations of talented young people and became an example of selfless service to art and his country.
People's Artist of Belarus, winner of the State Prize of Belarus, the Award of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, Leonid Shchemelev was born on 5 February 1923 in Vitebsk. The artist graduated from the Belarusian Theater and Art Institute in 1959. He taught art at the Minsk Art School, and at the National School of Music and Fine Arts in 1968-1974.
Leonid Shchemelev is regarded among the artists who hold a significant place in the Belarusian visual arts. The artist glorified Belarus, creating lofty, poetic images of his native land and people. His major themes were the feat of the people during the Great Patriotic War, a hardworking man, and the beauty of his native land.
Leonid Shchemelev was a regular participant of art exhibitions since 1958. His paintings were exhibited in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Israel, Finland, Germany, Austria, Spain. They were bought by famous galleries and museums. Leonid Shchemelev's works are kept in the National Art Museum of Belarus, Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, and in all regional local history museums of Belarus.