Leonardo Nierman (Mexican, b. 1932)
circa late 1960s
Oil on board
Work : 31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in. (80.01 x 60.01 cm)
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Purchased with funds donated by the Tulipanes Art and Film Festival in honor of Alfredo and Maria Gonzalez
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Leonardo Nierman was born in Mexico City to immigrants from Lithuania and the Ukraine. He trained as a youth to become a classical violinist and later earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics. After graduating from university, Nierman was preparing for a career in business when he became interested in visual art. Nierman was fascinated by the correspondences he saw between music and painting, so he taught himself to paint and began producing boldly colored canvases filled with swirling shapes that recall constellations, storms or apocalyptic landscapes. Since his first public exhibition in Mexico City in 1959, Nierman has been invited to show in museums and galleries across Mexico as well as in South America, Europe, Asia and the United States. Nierman claims that he never plans his compositions and always creates his images spontaneously and intuitively.

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