Interview with Artist
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I paint for the satisfaction of the created work. It is important for me that my audience, in a very simple way, gets pure enjoyment and pleasure from viewing and living with my paintings. This speaks to the power of art to transcend the troubles and realities of life and offer an alternate vision.
The Art of Leon Oks: Symbolically Expressive of Hope
Leon Oks is the recipient of the Italia in Arte 2009 Leonardo da Vinci’s True Face Award and Michelangelo David DI 2010. He has won many FIRST place awards since immigrating to the United States in 1980 to find the freedom of expression denied him in the Soviet Union. His expressionistic style recalls the wistfulness and bittersweet memories of growing up during the difficult years right after World War II in Ukraine. Yet his paintings capture these memories with hopefulness and joie de vivre expressed by the choice of warm palettes and lyrical compositions. More recently, his art explores the complexities of modern life with fantastical depictions of intertwined human forms symbolically and metaphorically expressing our most basic and defining emotions. Leon’s paintings are intricately expressionistic portrayals of our common humanity infused with energy, optimism, affection, and hope for the future. His art are held in the private collections of many celebrities and his art has been selected for the permanent collections in museums. Selection by such professional curators confirms the significance of his art today and for future generations. Additionally, Leon’s art is often independently anthologized in many volumes published in many books: by England, Italy, USA and France. Leon Oks is also featured in a lavish monograph, "Leon Oks: Dreamscape", published by World of Art in 2007 and available from Amazon
By Tom Burgher. President Seaside gallery.
ARTEXPO NEW YORK, Pier 94. New York, NY. March 22 - March 25, 2012.
SOLO SHOW, Museum Of The Americas. Miami, FL January 13 – January 31, 2012.
ARTEXPO NEW YORK, Pier 94. New York, NY. March 25 - March 27, 2011.
ARTEXPO NEW YORK, Pier 94. New York, NY. March 25 - March 28, 2010.
LATINO ART MUSEUM, “A PERSPECTIVE TOWARDS 2011”Founders Buildings281 S. Thomas St Suite 105. Pomona, CA. 91766
SEASIDE GALLERY, “Spring Break”. (Solo Show) April 14, 2010 through May 15 , 2010.
580 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach CA 93449
RHYTHM (LEON OKS INVITATIONAL), Solo show Stara d’Arts Gallery. Laguna Beach, CA.
July 11, 2009 – September, 2009.
ARTEXPO NEW YORK, Javits Convention Center. New York, NY. February 26 - March 2, 2009.
ELMHURST ART MUSEUM, “Awakening”. (Solo Show) November 30, 2008 through January 2, 2009.
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Elmhurst, IL 60126.
EXPO ART MONTREAL 2008: Art moderne et contemporaine. Place Bonaventure.
October 23-26, 2008.
ARTEXPO LAS VEGAS, Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center. Las Vegas, NV. September 19-21, 2008.
RENAISSANCE COURT GALLERY, CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER: “Insights into a Culture.”
(Group show). Chicago, IL. March 28 - May 4, 2008.
COUTURE FASHION WEEK, NEW YORK, NY: “USA International Fashion Shows.”
September 5, 6, and 7, 2008
ARTEXPO NEW YORK, Javits Convention Center. New York, NY. February 28 - March 3, 2008.
LATINO ART MUSEUM: “International Art Show.” (Juried group show). Pomona, CA. February, 2008.
FLORENCE BIENNALE: “Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Citta di Firenze. ” (Group show.) Florence, Italy. December 1 -9, 2007.
AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL CIVIC CENTER: “World of Dreamscape.” (Solo show).
Morton Grove, IL. December 2007.
ARTEXPO LAS VEGAS, Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center. Las Vegas, NV.
September 28 - 30, 2007.
MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS: “May Salon.” (Juried group show). Miami, FL. May 11 - June 2, 2007.
ARTEXPO NEW YORK, Javits Convention Center. New York, NY. March 1 - 5, 2007.
AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL CIVIC CENTER: “Dreamscape.” (Solo show). Morton Grove, IL. October 2006.
MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS: “International Summer Exhibition.” (Juried group show). Miami, FL. August 11 - September 2, 2006.
LINEART 2005: “Contemporary International Artists.” (International art fair, presented by JMA Gallery, Vienna, Austria). Ghent, Belgium. December 2 - 6, 2005.
CRISOLART GALLERIES: “Barcelona ’05, Exposicion del Mes de la Hispanidad.” (International group show organized by the Museum of the Americas). Barcelona, Spain. October 14 – November 5, 2005.
MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS: “Salon de Mayo.” (Juried group show?). Miami, FL. May 13 – June 4, 2005.
CRISOLART GALLERIES: “International Artists in Copenhagen.” (group show organized by the Museum of the Americas.) Copenhagen, Denmark, May 10 - 25, 2005.
CRISOLART GALLERIES: “Salon Internacionale IV Centenario Don Quijote De La Mancha.” (Group show, organized by the Museum of the Americas). Barcelona, Spain. February 4 - 24, 2005.
AAI GALLERY, JACKIE MAUERSBERGER-ARCE GALLERY: “Internationale Zeitgenossische Kunstler.” (Group show, organized by the Museum of the Americas.) Vienna, Austria. November 4 - 27, 2004.
MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS: “Encounters.” (Juried group show.) September 10 - October 2, 2004.
CRISOLART GALLERIES: “Gruppeudstilling af kunstnere fra:.” (Group show.) Copenhagen, Denmark. August 20 - September 10, 2004.
LATIN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM: “International Summer Art Show.” Miami, FL. June 11-31, 2004.
CRISOLART GALLERIES: "Homenaje a Salvador Dali.” (Group show in honor of the Dali Centennial, 2004). Barcelona, Spain. June 18 - July 1, 2004.
PLAZA DE ARAGON, 8: “Homenaje a Goya.” (Group show organized by the Latin American Art Museum.) Aragon, Spain. April 3-24, 2004.
TZ STUDIO AND GALLERY: “My World.” (Solo show.) Chicago, IL. April 5th - May 1st, 2004.
LATIN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM: “Leon Oks.” (Solo show). Miami, FL. January 9 - 31, 2004.
FLORENCE BIENNALE: “Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Citta di Firenze. ” (Group show.) Florence, Italy. December 6 -14, 2003.
LIMNER GALLERY: (Juried group show). New York, NY. December 3-20, 2003.
AMSTERDAM WHITNEY INTERNATIONAL FINE ART GALLERY: (Solo show). New York, NY. October 10 - November 4, 2003.
VILLA TERRACE DECORATE ARTS MUSEUM: “Memories and Expressions: Paintings by Leon Oks.” (Solo show). Milwaukee, WI. August 6 - September 14, 2003.
Royale Galleries Inc. 318 East 59 Street, New York, N.Y. 10022
Sea Side Gallery Pismo Beach, CA.
Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts, Florida
Museum of the Americas, Miami, Florida
Latino Art Museum, California
International Contemporary Artists WOA England
Nude de Nude WOA England
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