Vladimir Petrovich Leshchenko was born in 1939 in Rostov-on-Don. His father was a painter and died at front in 1943 defending the homeland. His childhood and youth passed on Don river among boundless steppe open spaces. Having grown up Vladimir decided to follow his father steps. In 1958 he enters Grekov art school in Rostov.

Being a student he is keen on mountaineering, and travels a lot. He constitutes himself as a landscape painter at last courses of his art school.

Landscape vision developed in his youth bears minor and theme-independent tragical character in itself. Being a sensitive observer he subtly notices all grace and monumental greatness of the wild nature when going to mountains, desert or sea. His pictorial canvases have intrinsical existentialism and unrestrained aspiration to infinity.

Vladimir Leshchenko considers himself to be a continuator of Russian scenery traditions which bear spiritual elements of east culture in itself in contrast to western painting. Just like ancient China landscape painters Russian painters try to penetrate into mystical secrets of silence. These attempts can be seen in creativity of Russian artists of XIX-XX centuries: Levitan, Kuindgi, Nesterov, Roerich.

In Vladimir Leshchenko picturial cycles there constantly is a permanent theme of silent open spaces of exotic natural landscapes. Attempt to comprehend aesthetic sense of eternal silence is a continual important task of painter creative search.

The idea of silence is expressed in his sculptural cycle "Snow mountains" most sharply. Using limited multi-colority and quaint play of light and shade on low-detail laconic texture, he manages to express music of mountains and bring to us its mystical picturesque sounding. The painter's "Sculptural cycle" is a completely new vision of mountain landscape, and the author counts it to be his best creative achievement.

In last years many collectors from Western Europe and USA show increased interest in Vladimir Leschenko's pictures. In 1988 at Vladimir Leschenko exhibition, German multimillionaire Ronald Lang bought the whole exposition which included twenty-five pictures. In January, 1993 at the exhibition in Stockholm, representatives of the Swedish Academy of arts and architecture spoke with big respect about painter creative findings and purchased one of the canvases for the academic museum. In 2000, the exposition of twelve pictures was shown at Roerich museum with great success.

In 80-90, a number of Vladimir Leshchenko personal exhibitions was organized. Nowadays his picturesque canvases can be seen in several Moscow showrooms as well as in other Russian cities.

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