E. Denis's Biography

E. Denis was born in 1971 in Belarus into a family of architects. Denis grandfather, who was a photo correspondent and well known for his contribution to his country's culture, had a profound influence on him in that he taught Denis to always see the positive in the world around him. In his early childhood, Denis painting skills were evident and his parents encouraged him to attend art school to become a professional artist.

From 1989 until 1991, however, Denis served in the army and also got married. His release from the army coincided with the fall of the Soviet Union, but now, Denis had a family to support. He put his artistic ambitions on hold and pursued business career. He became successful, but in 1998 he divorced and was forced to reevaluate his life. Introspection and religion played a more vital part in his life, and he believed now that "a man has to devote himself to something determined from on high, by God." Accordingly, at the age of 28, Denis decided to devote himself completely to the arts. His first creations sold easily, but he began to study under different teachers from the Academy of Arts so he could perfect his craft.

In 1999, Denis was chosen to create four images of saints on the major bell of the Petropavlovsky Cathedral in Minsk. In 2000, he began working as the head of the design department at a manufacturing company which afforded him the opportunity to meet influential clients and show his artwork at international exhibitions. Also in 2000, he was invited to become a member of the Belarus Association of Free artists.

In 2002, Denis visited Israel and fell in love with the country, its views and its people, and this is where he works and lives today.