Leonid Gervits

Leonid Gervits Russian Artist

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.


SOLO SHOWS
1992
Leonid Gervits
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
1992
Leonid Gervits
Dow Jones Gallery, Princeton, NJ, USA
GROUP SHOWS
1998
Leonid Gervits
Tweed Gallery, New York
1998
Museum History of the City
Museum History of the City, St Petersburg, Russia
1998
Russian Ministry of Culture
Russian Ministry of Culture, Moscow, Russia
1998
Leonid Gervits
Classic Art Gallery, California 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
1998
Russian collection of Zimmerli Art Museum
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
1997
American Inaugural Exhibition
Design Center, Washington D.C., DC, USA
1996
National Portrait Competition
National Portrait Competition, New York, NY, USA
1995
Leonid Gervits
Case Museum, Jersey City, NJ, USA
1995
Leonid Gervits
Polo Gallery, Edgewater, NJ, USA
1994
Leonid Gervits
Juno Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1994
Leonid Gervits
Kerigma Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ, USA
1993
Leonid Gervits
Ende Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1992
New York Portrait Forum
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA
1989
Leonid Gervits
Drouolt, Paris, France

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