The painter Omer Kaleshi passed away, he donated his portraits to Tirana
The world-famous Albanian painter, Omer Kaleshi, has passed away at the age of 90.
The sad news was announced by the artist's relatives on his Facebook profile.
"The funeral ceremony of my dear uncle Omer Kaleshi will take place after the afternoon prayer. "He will be buried in Küçükköy cemetery", it is written on his social network.
Omer Kaleshi is known everywhere in the world as the "head painter". Dervishes, shepherds and common people make up the bulk of his work.
In November 2019, Omer Kaleshi opened an exhibition in Tirana and then donated his paintings to the Grandmother. His paintings stand in the permanent gallery that bears his name next to the museum of the World Headquarters of Bektashism.
Omer Kaleshi was born in 1932 in the village of Serbica in Kichevo in northern Macedonia.
From an early age, the famous artist emigrated to Turkey where he studied at the Academy of Arts in Istanbul, the city where he opened his first personal exhibition.
After many trips and exhibitions of paintings in Istanbul, Rome, Vienna, Munich, London, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, The Hague, in 1956 he settled in Paris.
Kaleshi was an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Northern Macedonia.
Kaleshi is the author of a cycle of five hundred painted portraits, while his exhibitions have been promoted in prestigious Parisian institutions, as well as in many other cities of the world.
He will be buried in Turkey.