Soviet Ukrainian painter. People’s Artist of Ukraine. Member of the USSR Academy of Arts. One of the founders of Transcarpathian school of painting. Ernest Rudolfovich Kontratovich was born on May 17, 1912 in the village of Kalna Roztoka (the territory of Slovakia) in the family of the teacher of the national school. From 1928 to 1932 he studied at the Uzhgorod Teachers’ Seminary. At the same time he attended the Public Art School-studio, founded by A. Erdeli and J. Bokshay in Uzhgorod. After graduation he took part in city art exhibitions. Since 1934, Kontratovich ER – Member of the Association of Fine Arts Workers of Subcarpathian Rus. After the annexation of Transcarpathia to the USSR, the artist lived and worked in Uzhgorod. He created his own direction of expressionism, in which he reflected the themes of nature, folklore and folk life of Transcarpathia. Since 1946 – a member of the Transcarpathian organization of the Union of Artists of the Ukrainian SSR. Since that time he was a participant of republican, all-Union and foreign art exhibitions. Personal exhibitions of the artist were held in Kiev (1974, 1975, 1976 and 2001), in Priashev (Slovakia, 1974) and in Uzhgorod (1968, 1997, 2002 and 2007). Kontratovich ER took part in the creation of the Transcarpathian Picture Gallery, taught at the Uzhhorod Art and Industrial School. Since 1981 – “Honored Artist of the Ukrainian SSR”. In 1991 he was awarded the honorary title “People’s Artist of the USSR”. He was awarded the Order of Yaroslav the Wise. The artist’s works are presented in museum, gallery and private collections in Ukraine, Slovakia, Russia.