leonor anthony- contemporary artist
Leonor Anthony is a contemporary artist born in Havana, Cuba. She immigrated with her family to the United States as a very young child. She resides in Miami, Florida but works worldwide with studios in The Hague Netherlands, Brooklyn, NY and The Bird Road Art District in Miami.
Leonor is an accredited scholar, painter, photographer, and published author. Since 2013 Leonor has held the prestigious title of Artist in Residence of the Florida International University’s Honors College and is the founder and curator of the FIU’s Honors College Art Collection.
Leonor’s preferred mediums are, oil on canvas, charcoal drawings, digital art, photography, mixed media and installations. The imagery of her art is crafted with unprecedented assertiveness characterized by violently expressive color and jarring compositions that elicit vivid emotional reactions. The enigmatic dichotomy of style and mediums is a reflection of the artist’s search for freedom of expression and penchant for setting her own rules.
Leonor is best known for using art as a vehicle of activism. Her views concerning human rights, the environment, education and the welfare and empowerment of women throughout the world are the framework of her creations, regardless of medium.
Leonor Anthony has had international acclaimed shows. Her major exhibitions include: Beijing International Art Exposition 2012 and 2013, Seoul Open Art Fair 2013 and 2014, NestGen Ecological Art Exhibit, Frost Art Museum 2014, Le Carrousel du Louvre 2014 and 2015, Biennale Paris 2014, Biennale of Palermo 2015, Da Caravaggio ai Nostri Giorni, Museo Bramante Rome 2015, Expo Milano 2015, Musee du Louvre, Paris 2015, Spectrum Miami 2014 and 2015. Two of Leonor’s iconic works are part of the Florida International University’s permanent collection exhibited at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and at FIU’s Washington D.C. Presidential offices.
The Global Art Affairs Foundation announced the participation of Leonor in the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale of 2017 for our Contemporary Art Exhibition titled Personal Structures held in Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora, which runs from May 13 until November 26, 2017.
At the age of three, barely able to hold a pencil, I started drawing… I never stopped.
I have been expressing myself through art my entire life. When I was just five years old, my family left Cuba, commencing a lifetime of migration and hyphenation. This feeling of impermanence and non-identity, at home everywhere but not fully belonging anywhere became my way of life. This dichotomy of melancholy and ease, radical yet classical, underlies my creations. All my work carries a message- social justice, spirituality, intellect; a passionate need to express inarticulate feelings.
I start preparing to work the night before I actually begin. I commence with clear idea of the message and the overall look of the piece. Throughout the night, my mind begins the work and sometimes expands on it. I start painting very early in the morning, with my mind in peace and fresh, dressed entirely in black. As a priest prepares for mass, I prepare to work. I start the music, which is classical adagios and always the same, and within minutes I no longer exist in this world, I do not hear anything and I don’t stop until either the work or my physical being demands it. I paint completely alone, in the silence of my mind.
Even though I have a clear idea of what the piece is going to look like and the message behind it, I allow the moment to take part and I am fully open for accidents or circumstance to take me in a different direction. Sometimes the destruction or breaking down of the piece to its simplest forms brings about that which I’m looking for. The work tells me when it’s done.
I paint because I breathe. I pour myself entirely on the canvas until there is nothing left of me, yet when I “return”, I am reborn. I hope to my last day to have paint on my face and hands, to be able to smell the peculiar smell of the oils and my eyes to see color that surrounds me, inside and out.
The impetus of my work is my need to communicate and share a common human experience. I talk, feel and hopefully touch, through art. My work is my word and my truth.