Ales Shaternik, renowned Belarusan sculptor, artist and dissident was born in 1940. He graduated from Minsk Art College in 1964 and Belarusan Theatre and Art Institute in 1967. He studied under the guidance of such well known sculptors as I.Glebau, V.Gusev, G.Muramtsau, Z. Azgur and other masters.
Ales works in decorative and monumental sculpture, as well as other media. He started exhibiting his works in the early sixties of the last century. Since then, his sculptures appeared in the collections of literally every major museum in Belarus, and some other major museums in different countries. Ales monumental sculptures and memorial plagues can be seen on the streets of different European cities including Vilnius, Tallinn, Minsk, Moscow, Pollock and others.
In the early nineties, Ales started painting in oil. Well known Russian art critic and art collector, organizer of CASE Museum of Russian Contemporary Art, Alexander Glezer qualified Ales’s style as neo-impressionism. During this period Ales created a lot of beautiful paintings of Eastern European and Noth and South American landscapes and a set of some gorgeous paintings of Venice. Religious and architetural themes are also present in some of his paintings. Ales's works were exhibited at the State Tretyakov Gallery (The National Museum of Russian Fine Art) in Moscow, the White House in Washington DC, the US Congress in Washington DC, Estonian Parliament in Tallinn Estonia, City Hall in Oslo Norway, the Rutgers University Zimmerly Art Museum in New Brunswick New Jersey, the CASE Museum of Russian Contemporary Art in Jersey City, Belarusan Museum in Brooklyn New York, the International Stella Gallery in Paris, France, as well as a number of other major Belarusan art museums. His works can also be found in a number of private collections in the USA, Russia, Italy, Israel, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Belarus and other countries.
From the seventies Ales has been involved in a dissident movement in former Soviet Union and after its collapse continues struggle against dictatorial regime in Belarus. Ales is a member of the Belarusan Artist Union and artists’ group “Pogonia”.