Maria Veronica Leon V artist from Ecuador in Paris

PAINTINGS

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Through the Centuries
Oil on Canvas, Paris 2OO3

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The Transgender Kitchen

Oil, Acrylic, Gold Podwer,  Dry Point and Collage on IKEA Kitchen. Venice 2O15

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Maria Veronica The gold rush

 

Contemporary art is rediscovering gold, this exceptional material, fascinating in its lustre and splendour, which brought glory to Ravenna and was restored to use in art by Gustave Klimt.
In the 21st century, Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor, James Lee Bayars and many other artists boldly revive the tradition of the time of the pharaohs, an imperturbably enduring tradition: “gold is immortality” is the Brahmins’ constant refrain.
“Gold has no part to play in the mythologies of Homo faber.” The historian of religion, Mircea Eliade, spent his lifetime studying this question: “Gold is a creation of Homo Religiosus.” It was the first metal used by man, even though he could not use it to make tools or weapons. “Throughout History and technological innovations, from the use of stone to working bronze, then iron, and finally steel, gold has never played a part.”
Alchemists wanted to turn other metals into gold in order to cure their imperfections. Through this noble material, art touches on the sacred: “The essential symbolic value of gold has never been tainted despite the progressive desacralisation of Nature and human existence.”
There is red, black and lots of gold in Maria Veronica Léon’s painting, the enigmas of her symbolic world exploding from their fiery fusion.
Yellows, greens and blue fuse in a variety of shapes, including squares, circles, trapeziums and pentagons; they splutter into triangles and even more elastic geometric shapes. Her line unfurls such an extraordinary tangle, what can you say?
Maria Veronica Leon’s painting is disconcerting in its originality.
A willing secessionist, she eludes the golden nets she inherits from the Austrian painter who could easily have been her ancestor, but there are others before him, anonymous pre-Colombian artists from whom she gains this inheritance that binds her to the sun.
Her lyricism, freedom and courage make her different; a female artist whose attitude reminiscent of the mythical Penelope weaves her intrigues in the name of civilisation and peace.
Like the Homeric woman, she diverts her craft and directs it towards her own vital experience, thus transforming reality into legend and legend into a wonderful dream.
From the portraiture she has practised for years, she is moving towards her phantasmatic memory and from the likeness of the model to the probability of her adventure.
This is the first time she introduces animals into her painting and gems instead of faces. Men and women lose their smile, their expressions, and their weaknesses. The artist metamorphoses them into natural elements, in the first ages of humanity. When her palette darkens in a dramatic movement, incandescent red evokes the        Dante-esque movement of the lava, deep, dark blue tries to calm the catastrophe, a draped silhouette stands out like a pyramid, instead of the face, a star.
Like Munch, she emphasises the voluptuous language of lines, like Beardsley she loves luxury. Her lines meet, forming her abstract geometric shapes, and this is how she conceives cities, articulating their volumes by organised agglomerations of shapes. Civilisation has a horror of the void, but the black hole is lying in wait for it. If souls petrify in a world of stars, and numbers rule the world, humanity would have to start from zero.
Ileana Cornea Paris May, 2014

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Locality & Aesthetics

Solo Exhibition by Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla

Cube Arts gallery DIFC 

May 14, 2014 – June 14, 2014

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In the face of globalization and the commercial saturation of conventional societies there is a drive to create or “contrive” the new and distinct. This, in turn, leads to the formation of transcendental communion -- one such example being, the United Arab Emirates.

‘Locality & Aesthetics’ assembles works by internationally claimed artist ‘Maria Veronica’ set out for a spiritual journey, in order to seek new artistic challenges. Her paintings and drawings are reflection of the visual charm and fragrance of the “foreign region”, the pictorial translation of sunlight, and the rendering of heat, as well as the changes brought about by these phenomena in the social landscape.

Locality & Aesthetics, celebrates the miracle of a poetic beauty, and puts forward the idea of the “moments of ambition”1.
  1. Charles Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris, 1869
    Arash Amir Azodi

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The Stress of The Sheikha
Acrylic and Pen on Arches, Dubai 2O14

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Hexagonal Perspective 
Acrylic and Pen on Arches, Dubai 2O14

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Sheikha Diamond
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, Dubai 2O14

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Dubai, The Diamond of the Region
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, Dubai 2O14

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Sheikha Saphir
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, Dubai 2O14

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 The Veils of the World
Collage and Painting on Arches, Dubai 2O14

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Times of Splendor
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, Dubai 2O14

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