Soviet Ukrainian painter. Member of the USSR Academy of Arts. Vladimir Les was born on May 10, 1927 in the village of Andreykovtsi, Khmelnitsky region. Even in his school years, he was interested in drawing, but the Second World War began. At the age of 17 years, Vladimir volunteered for the Navy (the call for military service in 1944 was from 18 years). He served on the cruiser Molotov of the Black Sea Fleet. For military service, he was awarded the Order of Patriotic War II degree and many medals. During the service of the sailor Vladimir Lesya smiled artistic fate: the famous Russian artist Peter Maltsev painted a picture about the heroism of the sailors of the Molotov cruiser. I needed an assistant who had artistic talents. He suggested that Vladimir Lesi draw sketches for the picture among his colleagues. Evaluating the outstanding abilities of the guy, he offered to enter the Moscow People’s University named after N. Krupskaya. I gave a professional recommendation. After a successful two-year correspondence education at the university in 1951, Vladimir Les graduated from the Odessa Art College named after M. Grekov, having successfully graduated. Diploma work of Vladimir Stepanovich “For exemplary service” (marine subjects), the State Commission recognized the best and recommended a picture for the republican exhibition (Kiev-1957). For some time he worked in the artistic and industrial combine of Vinnitsa. Since 1976 he finally settled in Khmelnytsky. In 1978 he joined the Union of Artists of Ukraine. In 1976-1985, together with the artists Alexander Kiselev and Leonid Bessarab, he created five dioramas in Shepetivka, Ostropol, Starokonstantinov, Khmelnitsky, Letichev, dedicated to the liberation of Khmelnitsky from the Nazi invaders. It was these large-scale paintings that Vladimir Les established himself as a battalion artist with deep monumental thinking and original style of fine writing. These grandiose canvases today amaze the audience with the scale of the artistic compositions and style features – an extensive, daring swipe, the juiciness of colors, the coloring of images, the contrasting contrast between light and shade, the capacity of generalizations and the intense dynamics of the battle … This is also observed in the individual canvases of Vladimir Lesya, in particular: “Curse you, tyrants! “,” In a terrible hour “,” Farewell of the Slav “,” The shot down German ace “and others. Psychologically, the sentiments of soldiers and ordinary people, heated by great grief, are subtly conveyed. Particularly striking in his “documentary” and dynamic tension is his picture “The Chronicle”: the mother on the screen recognizes her son, marches with her company to the front. By the way, the photo-illustration of this painting was repeatedly replicated in periodicals, calendars of the post-war period. The theme of war and post-war heroic heroism Ukrainian, in particular Podolyan, became the leading one in the artist’s work. She runs through almost all of his canvases: “From the order in the system” (demobilization and work in new buildings of the country), “Our regiment arrived” (newborn son in the family of the officer), “Militia Captain M. Lukashchuk”, “Colonel of the Militia B “Nowhere”, “Milling machine G. Nikevich”, “Electric Roman” and others. A separate theme of the artist was the coverage of the heroism of the Podolians during the years of the so-called civil war (based on the work of Nikolai Ostrovsky). Many paintings by V. Lesya are devoted to the heroic struggle of the Podolians against Poland’s colonial policy in the times of the Hetmanate: “In place of the Battle of Pilyavets”, “Kraevedy” (near the mantelpiece with an engraved portrait of Colonel Ivan Ganji, a companion of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, who died in Podillia). In the work of Vladimir Lesya – about 250 paintings, 13 personal and more than 60 collective exhibitions. Laureate of the regional award named after V. Rozvadovsky (2002) and the city award named after B. Khmelnitsky. He died on July 12, 2007. In the native village of Vladimir Lesya at the local school a room-museum is opened, dedicated to the life and creative path of the artist.