Cover Artist: Leon Zernitsky

Cover Artist: Leon Zernitsky

Kitchen, by Leon Zernitsky

Leon Zernitsky was born and raised in Russia. He began painting as a little boy and always knew he would become an artist. The artist remembers many long hours sitting at the riverbank and painting everything that the eye could see. Years later Leon graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts.  Luckily, the little child within him was still thriving and he engaged in painting and drawing illustrations for books, magazines and newspapers. Following his imagination Leon knew he could go just about anywhere! The artist moved to Toronto in 1989 and began a successful career as a freelance illustrator and fine artist.

Today, after publishing over 30 books for children and young adults, after winning 13 Canadian and International Awards the artist’s paintings can be found in private collections all over the world. You can see his work in major North American magazines and newspapers, and his art is used for numerous packaging and wine labels, posters, murals, brochures, annual reports and outdoor advertising. Leon has been working with Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Sony, 3M, Hilton Hotels, McDonalds, Coors, VISA, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Oxford University, University of Toronto and McGraw-Hill.

Leon feels that sharing his art is an important part of being an artist and is looking forward to many more years of creating beautiful illustrations and paintings. To see more of his work, visit

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