The exhibition will continue until December 20!

Woven out of Air and Light


Two masters of the school of realism. Two different biographies. Two different artistic methods.  But nonetheless…

Leonid Balaklav was born in Moldavian town of Balti, studied in the Kiev School of Art and graduated from the Odessa Institute of Fine Arts where he became famous as a promising painter. In his early works Leonid tried to establish his own artistic dialogue through centuries with great works of such masters as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Repin, Vrubel.

After repatriation to Israel in 1990, Leonid, being settled in Jerusalem, acquired new artistic reputation thanks to very unusual series of self-portraits depicting the whole specter of the author’s spiritual sorrows and unrest. Over the years his audience had a chance to discover new artist Balaklav known by the portraits of his family and friends, still-life and landscapes, enchanting people by his special palette. Fast moving painter’s brush did not stop at minor details filling his figurative compositions with transparent light and sun glints. As Gideon Ofrat expressed it, the essence of Leonid’s art is a certain synthetic balance between inner and outer worlds. Through this synergy his painting makes us feel blessed by the good.

Today his works deserve their rightly place in the most prestigious galleries and private collections. Up to now one can enjoy watching the exhibition “11 Masters of the Israeli Figurative Art” in the Tel-Aviv Museum where Leonid Balaklav’s paintings are located in their own hall.

Nikolay Tesenkoff  started his artistic career as sculptor. He finished the Stroganov Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Moscow and over the years gained a significant experience in educating arts of sculpture and painting. In 2000 he organized the studio of fine arts in the Temiryazev Academy where it worked for many years until 2018.

Nikolay’s paintings speak for honest and uncompromising hard worker. Density of his artistic brush witnesses his own craftsmanship. The subjects of his works can be various: little streets of Moscow, landscapes resounding in his heart, feminine nudes – mostly a woman realizing her beauty, – and, of course, still-life paintings.

The very surface of a canvas is the untouched land for the artist who is chosen to seed and fertilize until he reaps the harvest. His works can be defined by primary initial colors and by vibrations of delicate tinges. Rough texture of the canvas is illuminated by lightness and soft exquisite light.

The artist is well-known, not only in Russia. His paintings were successfully exhibited in UK, Netherlands, Belgium and now arrived to Jerusalem. Let’s wish the master to gain true success in Israel!

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