Khmelko was a Ukranian artist, now konwn for his highly propagandistic Soviet style. He was born in Kiev and studied at the Kiev State Art Institute. He received honors including the "People's Artist of Ukraine, S.S.R. and won the Stalin prize twice. However, he has known to have painted for some German generals during an occupation. In the political turmoil of the regime he was expelled from the party and the Union for his actions and died in poverty.