On November 23, at 3 p.m. the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1a A. Bokeikhan str., 2nd floor), will open a solo exhibition by a member of Kazakhstan Union of Artists Zhenis Kakenuly «Petroglyph». The exhibition continues the work of «Cultural code of independence» project, aimed at popularizing achievements of domestic authors.

Zhenis Kakenuly was born on May 9, 1965 in the village of Karabulak, Almaty region. In 1989, he graduated from the Art and Graphic Faculty of the Kazakh Pedagogical Institute. He has extensive creative experience as an art critic, illustrator, art editor of the magazines «Akzhelken», «Zerde», «Madeniet», «Tura Bi». In 2006, Oner publishing house released an album dedicated to his work. He has contributed to the art and cover design of hundreds of books. Zhenis Kakenuly is the author of the emblem of the Year of culture support (2000), the winner of the presidential scholarship in 2009 and 2010. Zhenis Kakenuly's paintings are in private collections not only in Kazakhstan, but also in Russia, Moldova, Turkey, and the USA. 

The exhibition presents 45 works of the artist, which reflect the centuries-old history and culture of the Kazakh people. The author, inspired by ancient petroglyphs, revived the rock carvings, filling them with bright colors. «Petroglyph» exhibition is a tribute to the ancestors who created their works on stone and depicted people, animals, the whole world around the ancient inhabitants of Kazakhstan. The works are dominated by contrasts of plot and color scheme: between cold and warm colors, white and black, line and spot; herbivorous and carnivorous, love and evil. The composition of the paintings is built by depicting mysterious forms filled with legends, mystical forces. The artist, depicting images of various animals, hunters, batyrs on canvases, fills the rich world of rock carvings with a new meaning.