Born in Poltava region in a peasant family. 1939-1945. he served in the Soviet Army. War met in Minsk. He fought on the Belarusian front near Moscow and Leningrad. In 1941, Sergeant Ivan Kovalenko prepared communications, at the headquarters of Marshal Zhukov. Marshal personally awarded Ivan Leontyevich nominal hours. A member of the Union of artists of the USSR since 1956. Honorary filmmaker of Russia. A collection of movie posters of the 50-80s. Ivan Leontyevich Kovalenko are in the Museum of cinema, Florida, USA.
Awarded the order of Patriotic war, 2 nd degree, medals "For military merit", "For defense of Moscow", "For the capture of Keenesburg" anniversary.
Born in the village of Palmyra, Poltava region (Ukraine) in a peasant family. In 1939-1945 he served in the Soviet Army. War met in Minsk. He fought on the Belarusian front near Moscow and Leningrad. In 1941, Sergeant Ivan Kovalenko prepared communications at the headquarters of Marshal Zhukov. Forever in the memory of the artist was the day when the Marshal personally awarded him nominal hours. In 1945, Ivan L. moved to Moscow. Not received professional art education, he possessed the skill of the artist alone, and begins to work in the field of film advertising in the "Reklamfilm" in the cinema "October". They created a large number of film posters of the 1950s -1990s - to the film "wounded animal", "the Star and death of Joaquin Murieta", "Train out of schedule", etc. for Some time he taught on the courses of artists film posters. Since 1956, I. L. Kovalenko became a member of the Union of artists of the USSR. He was awarded the title "Honorary cinematographer of Russia". He is the founder and Director of the only school in the country movie posters. Work is available in Moscow at the Russian state library and the Museum of cinema Museum of cinema in the USA (Florida), in the collection of the White House (Washington, DC), there are in the collection in our gallery. Favorite scenic theme of Ivan Leontyevich throughout his work was the subject of the Exodus of a person - before life, before death, before eternity. His paintings make us think about the hereafter, and about life past, a brief moment in the present. Highlights the artist's mastery of the technique of drawing. The color always emphasizes the mood and idea of the work. Bold composition and bright images, the constant search for new solutions that appeal to the archetypes of consciousness (the image of the Motherland: the Church, the girl in the field, the branch of mountain ash) Kovalenko is distinguished from that of his contemporaries of realist artists. The artist writes of an abandoned, desolate place, destroyed the Church, forcing the viewer to think about difficult destiny of Russia. The sense of pain from loss of loved ones, friends, compatriots reflected in his works, full of quiet sadness and melancholy. But, despite all this sadness it works bright. Writing in the last years of his life filled with kindness and love heart, the artist gave all of us a part of himself. Quiet lyrical note begins to sound in the most remote corners of the soul of the viewer, continues to delight him, and after a review of the exhibition behind. The artist was revealed a unique talent to give people joy. He died in 2002....
- Artworks in 2 collections