Artist-graphic Leonid Schetnev was born in 1942 in the town of Sokol in the Vologda region. He graduated from the Graphic Arts Faculty of the Kostroma Pedagogical Institute in 1981. His diploma was devoted to the ex-libris, his passion for the ex-libris began in 1967. Since then Leonid Schetnev has been a participant of numerous national and foreign exhibitions.
Leonid Schetnev is artist-engraver, known far beyond the borders of the Vologda region. Leonid is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia, member of the English Society engravers, participates in international congresses Exlibris in Austria, Denmark and the United States. On account of his 470 bookplates and 9 exhibitions of graphic works. Since 1982 he is a member of the Artists Union of Russia. LeonidSchetnevhasdesignedseveralbooks.
Director Eugene Shiperov made the film «There was a time graphics» (2013), dedicated to Leonid Schetnev. Black-and-white picture is built in the form of a dialogue with the audience: Leonid tells about his creative path, and as a lyrical digressions in the film there are photos of famous works by the artist – «Red Bridge in Vologda»,«Grigorievo-Pelshemsky Lopota Monastery», «House merchant Samarin», «Resurrection Cathedral» and others. Carver recognized that most likes to portray in his works Vologda winter.
The engraving (or plate) is a reprint made by using a typographic technique from a cliche, or printed form which has been cut out by an artist, the author of a design, with the help of special cutters (burins) on wood or polymeric flooring, plastic or metal.
Generally engravings are made with the use of high print method. The convex places, which the artist keeps untouched by a cutter are covered with paint spread evenly with a roll. Then, applied on a paper sheet with some pressure, the paint passes on it.
Ex-libris is a special sign of the owner of a library, his (her) library’s emblem, its heraldic symbol. Leonid Schetnev works in the technique of plastic engraving, close to xylography (wood engraving). This hard material (plastic) allows the artist to use any of technical methods of carving and to get high-quality prints. Leonid Schetnev admits that he wanted to revive the art of this hand-prints in Vologda: «I still have a lot of pans, plans and developments. I would be happy to teach any number of people willing to comprehend art prints and ex-libris».