Melnik Leonid

Saint Petersburg, Russia


Cartoonist, illustrator

He was born in 1954. Studied at the Mukhina Art-Industrial Academy, in the preparatory department of the Academy of Arts, under Melnikov.
He also studied in the Cherkassov Theater Institute, under Afanasyev, on an artist-director division. He graduated from St.-Petersburg State University. He defended a diploma on the topic of “Caricatures in Printed Literature” with honors.
He has had five personal exhibitions: “Art and Graphics” (1978), a watercolor exhibition, “Chukotka” (1980), a caricature exhibition in the House of Mass Media in St.-Petersburg (1997), an exhibition “Is it funny for you, Girl?” in cafe “Madam” (1999), a cartoon exhibition devoted to 105th anniversary of M.M.Bulgakov, that took place in Fontanniy House, Anna Akhmatova Museum, St.-Petersburg (1999) and in Sestroretsk town (September, 1999). He took place in common exhibition of the Club of Leningrad Caricaturists called “We and sea” (1999). He is a member of the Club of Leningrad Caricaturists. He is a participant and award-winner of more than 150 international competitions of caricatures. He was the winner of the Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) International Competition of Caricatures in 1992, an award-winner of caricatures competition in Turkey (1998). He was included into the group of caricaturists who participated in two exhibitions, entitled “Njet Problem!” in Germany, taking place in Munich in 1995 and Berlin in 1996. Many of his caricatures are in private collections in Austria, France and Germany. One of his latest works was given to the wife of the German vice-premier Gertsog. He took part in the caricature exhibition entitled “Ochnaya Stavka” at the State Russian Museum in 1996. In 1998 he illustrated three books with humorous graphics: “A mask of the day”, “A pig with a vignette” and another one, about which an author has completely forgot. Totally he has illustrated 8 books. He is a member of the Union of Russian Journalists.

At present, he works for “Komsomol’skaia Pravda in SPb” newspaper.

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