Original Oil Paintings


Leonid Afremov is a renowned contemporary artist working in an easily recognizable Impressionist manner. During his long and fruitful career, he produced hundreds of beautiful paintings and prints that were exhibited in the best galleries of the world. Today, Afremov paints as a freelance artist offering his artworks through a self-managed website directly to those interested. His oil paintings are highly praised by private collectors for their prominent style and positive emotional appeal achieved through the use of cheerful colors and peaceful motifs. However, they are very peculiar even from a purely professional perspective.

Afremov’s painting manner

Among the entire variety of oil painting techniques employed by modern artists, Impasto is probably the most common one. Basically, it means applying multiple layers of paint over one another to create a sculptural texture. To that end, Leonid Afremov uses a special painting instrument called palette knife. Pressing it into the paint with different strength and at different angles allows him to achieve a wide range of expressive effects, which adds depth and dynamics to his works. Palette knife painting works differently than regular brush painting and requires a sizeable adjustment period. You can imagine how long Afremov has been using palette knife in his work to reach the level of mastery evidenced by his oils!

Completing a layered oil painting like those you can see on this website takes a lot of diligence. Once the paint dries up a bit, an artist can also scrape into oil layers to streamline the details and smooth over any inconsistencies noticeable to a fresh eye. As you see, the process of painting in the Impasto manner is quite bulky and requires a good deal of proficiency and dedication. For Leonid, painting is the same as speaking. Where people use words to describe their feelings, he uses a palette knife and a set of oils to successfully implement his artistic vision in color and shape.

What is the difference between original paintings and other oils?

You must have noticed that original paintings have a significantly higher price tag than other artworks featured in the store. What makes them so valuable? The answer is simple. Original paintings are brand new, entirely unique oils capturing the artist’s mood in its initial freshness. From an artistic point of view, that gives them a higher priority compared to later copies.

At his young years, Leonid Afremov used to create exact reproductions of his original works, but eventually he got tired of painstakingly copying every little detail. Over time, he started to perceive some of his early pictures differently and felt an urge to make minor improvements here and there to reflect his maturing worldview. His painting skills kept evolving as well – better arranged colors, more confident strokes and a wider array of painting techniques begged for a more meaningful and profound application. 

In the long run, Afremov gave up the idea of reproducing his original oil paintings on canvas and switched to the practice of recreation. While largely resembling the usual reproduction routine, this process leaves enough space for slight changes adding a creative element to each new copy. The idea of tweaking his older works in harmony with his inner growth gave Afremov the much-needed inspiration to keep his best art samples readily available to new appreciators. 

What original oil paintings by Leonid Afremov can I find here?

Like every artist, Afremov has his own genre preferences and predominantly paints:

  • Landscapes 
  • Cityscapes
  • Still lifes
  • Flowers
  • Portraits

Check out Afremov paintings available in this section and consider ordering one or two for your home décor! With a couple of stylish original oils decorating your walls, your house will become much brighter and cozier!

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Thank you, painting arrived fast!!!!
Oxana Russia, Oct 22, 2013
My husband and I saw Leonid Afremov's art while on a cruise in the Caribbean. We fell in love, but thought to own a piece was unattainable. A year and half later, we finally found him on the internet and purchased our first painting in Spring 2016. We have since waited for his wonderful deals and purchased five more. We are running out of walls to hang the artwork, but have been pleased with every piece. We paid the extra for the gallery stretch and it is worth every dollar. One painting even arrived without being stretched, and after contacting Boris, the team took care of everything from shipping back to stretching to delivering once more. Thank you Mr Afremov for sharing your God given gift with the world. We are proud to display each piece with love.
Michelle Williams, Sep 13, 2016
Walked into a print and frame shop and was captured by a picture that had just been framed. The owner thought it came from America! Wrote down the artists name to google and here I am wondering what I shall purchase. Smitten from the first time I saw your work.....
Catherine Ann Osborne, Feb 24, 2014
Farewell to anger
I wanted to say I was sorry to hear of the passing of Leonid. I received my painting and I absolutely love it! It is a beautiful addition to my home and I will cherish it for years!
Heidi Williams, Sep 23, 2019
I bought 4 high quality prints on canvas, they arrived and it was a great surprise. The print is magnificent, you have to touch it to make sure it is not an original painting. I loved ... One of them, I already put in the chassis, "Misty Mood 2", the other three (Melody of the Night) (old kiss) and (congratulations) I will do soon ... I want to express my pleasure at having acquired your wonderful Art ... Thank you. Comprei 4 telas impressas em canvas de alta qualidade, elas chegaram e foi uma grande surpresa. A impressão é magnifica, é preciso tocar pra ter certeza que não é uma pintura original. Amei... Uma delas, ja coloquei no chassi, "Misty Mood 2" , as outras tres (Melody of the Night) (old kiss) e (congratulations) farei em breve... Quero expressar minha satisfação em ter adquirido sua maravilhosa arte... Obrigado.
Davi, Dec 1, 2016
Dear Leonid, Your 3 paintings arrived today and I couldn't be more pleased with them. Communication and customer service was top notch! Thank you for these one-of-a-kind pieces. They will be treasured by my family for years to come! - David Cowan, Austin, Texas
David Cowan, Apr 2, 2014