This year marks 30 years of creative activity of the famous artist, a member of the Union of artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a leading expert of the Registration and Storage Service of museum valuables of the Library of Elbassy Zhenis Kakenuly.

Zhenis Kakenuly works in different directions: painting, graphics, computer arts. The artist's work is permeated with a desire for harmony and interpenetration of a lively poetic image and subtle changes in mood, transmitted by the amazing colors. Zhenis Nurlybay speaks of his career:

- During my student days in 1989 I participated in the Republican exhibition of landscape and still-life painting. It was a great honor to me to exhibit my works with such fine artists as Amandos Akanaev, Sabyr of Mambiev, Dulat Aliyev. It was one of the first and important steps of my way to art.

At the end of 2018, Zhenis Kakenuly was awarded in the nomination "Artist of the year" of the project "Zhyl Adamy-2018", held by the Republican socio-political newspaper "Kazakh voice" and the national portal "Qazaquni.kz". The contest, where readers of the newspaper and the Internet portal vote, is held to determine the 100 best citizens who have contributed to the development of the state.

- Over thirty years a number of exhibitions have been organized, including foreign ones. The presentation of my thematic exhibition "Astana through the eyes of the artist" was held in the library of Elbassy on the anniversary of the capital. I am very grateful to the audience and colleagues for the appreciation of this opening day. And the fact that I was included in the list of the competition "Zhyl Adamy – 2018", along with such cultural figures as Markhabat Baigut, Suragan Rahmetuly, Galym Zhayibay and the world-famous Kazakhstani singer Dimash Kudaibergen, was the big surprise for me and a pleasant surprise, commented the artist.

It should be noted that the artist is the author of the emblem of the Year of support of culture (2000), the laureate of the Presidential scholarship 2009 and 2010, the work of Z. Kakenuly with images of cityscapes previously been exhibited in the Museum of Nevzorovs in Semey, as well as in New York where they received many positive responses from the public. His paintings are in private collections in Kazakhstan, Russia, Moldova and Turkey.

- In the near future I would like to acquaint the audience with the "Foals" collection. Most of the works of this collection are ready. I would like to present it to the Children's Day. After all, these pictures are designed specifically for children and adolescents. I think that it is necessary from an early age to develop children's  taste for art and teach them to understand the language of art. I hope they will like it, - the painter shares his plans.