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Yazep Drazdovich (Yazep Nartsyzavich Drazdovich, Jazep Drazdovicz)

Jazep Drazdovicz
Yazep Drazdovich was a Belarusian painter, writer, and ethnographer.

Critics have not yet recognized those cycles painted in a somewhat naive, insight artistic manner as a specific and original phenomenon. Misunderstanding on the part of the former associates in the movement and art had made Drazdovich an outsider for the world of art, a person of marginal lot.


  • Yazep Drazdovich was one of the first artists who began to develop historic theme in Belarusian fine arts, the author of the first works about the Belarusian scholar and pioneer of printing Frantsishak Skaryna.

    During numerous ethnographic expeditions he studied and noted Belarusian folklore and dialect peculiarities.

    He contributed to the Ivan Lutskievich Vilnya Belarusian Museum and the Belarusian Academy of Sciences in Minsk

    1931-1932 - he created series of paintings "Life on the Mars", "Life on the Saturn", "Life on the Moon".

    1934-1935 - "Artapolis"

Major achievements

  • He was the founder of fantastic-space theme in Belarusian art .

    His art works are kept at the National Museum of the Lithuanian Republic, at the National Museum of History and Culture of Belarus, at the National Art Museum of Belarus, at the Museum of Old Belarusian Culture at the NASc of Belarus, at the Yakub Kolas Literary Museum, at the Yakub Kolas Central Scientific Library of the NASc of Belarus.

    He created graphic series and the albums "Vilnya". "Troki", "Medniki", "Kreva', "Halshany", "Lida", "Navahradak", "Mir", "Liubcha", "Hlybokaye".

    A small monument (a diploma work by I.Holubeu, 1993) to him was erected at Troitskoe predmestie, Minsk.


  • The Celestial Threads




  • teacher: Ivan
    Vilna painting school
Yazep Drazdovich
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Born October 13, 1888
Died August 15, 1954
(aged 65)
  • 1906 - 1910
    Vilna painting school
  • 1921 - 1939
    teacher of painting, Minsk Girls' High School
  • 1921 - 1939
    teacher of painting, Vilna gymnasium
    Vilnius, Lithuania, Lithuania
  • 1921 - 1939
    teacher of painting, Radashkovichy gymnasium
    Radashkovichy, Vitebsk Region, Belarus


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