Born in Caucasus, Russia - 1933. Fled to China in 1938 and emigrated to Australia in 1978.
Leonid graduated from the Lanchow North West Academy of Fine Arts in 1953 winning the Academy portrait prize.
Influenced by his teacher, a French Impressionist, he continues his landscape paintings reflecting his early academic training; traditional in style and tone to that of the French impressionist landscape painters, hence the 'Heidelberg' style of his work. He is considered to be one of Australia's master painters, an artist of international note and is highly sought-after and collectable.
Leonid has had solo exhibitions throughout the world and his works hang in major galleries and collections world-wide.
He is represented in the book 'Australian Impressionist & Realist Artists' by Tom Roberts.