Anatoly Piatkevich was born in 1969 in a small town in the heart of Belarus, once a Republic of the former Soviet Union. The countryside has a mixture of serene forests, rivers, meadows and ruins of old castles and other remnants of his predecessors.
Anatoly recalls fondly that his childhood home was filled with paintings of Belarus landscapes as painted by his mother and grandmother. Perhaps as a result, Anatoly also remembers always having a passion for music, literature and art. As a child he was enrolled in music school and played the trombone every day.At age 18 he began a 3-year obligation with the army and was sent to Siberia.
A battalion commander once asked, “Who can paint posters?” Anatoly volunteered and thus initiated his career as an artist. His paintings of tanks and soldiers, nearby landscapes, and portraits of the officers hung in the general quarters of the battalion as well as every officer’s home. After three years of hard work as an army artist, Anatoly ventured to Minsk (the capital of Belarus) with the goal of attending an art college.