Leonid Gervits was brought up on a rich heritage of Russian pre-modern art – that of Ilya Repin (1844-1930) and Valentin Serov (1865-1911). Leonid Gervits was born in 1946 in Odessa, a late city south of the Soviet Union. In 1965 he graduated from Odessa Art College, which is one of the best in the country. Leonid Gervits continued his education in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) where he spent the next 24 years. The majestic building of the Academy of Fine Arts on the banks of Neva still preserved an atmosphere of art that had existed there for two centuries!
Portraiture has always been on of Leonid’s favorite genres. He is firmly convinced that personality is fully expressed in a human face, with its fusion of traits, age, and personal experience. His best portraits are beautiful, whether they represent just ordinary people or celebrities, those who are simple or complex, young and old. Likeness is important for him since it reflects soul and physique uniquely intertwining with each other.
Leonid Gervits is a true realist artist, he has conducted hundreds of nude studies; some of them very strict in their interpretation (“Seated Nude” 1997), others rather charming and vivacious like (“On the Beach” 1955). Leonid Gervits is now in his prime and following his essential nature and the method he has mastered during 45 years of painting. He is a proud representative of a great tradition, and a new phase in his life promises to be prolific and exciting.