Art in Conversation
with Leonard Adrian Melisch

ABOUT THE ARTIST
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Aesthetic emotion does not have a "consumption" character, it is not accompanied by the desire to consume the object that pleases us or determines us to use it unilaterally. "Consumption" in the narrow sense means destruction, the destruction of the object. On the contrary, if an object provokes an aesthetic emotion we want to keep it as a whole, to perpetuate it, to immerse it in ourselves or to eat something similar, that is why the aesthetic emotion awakens our thirst to create.

Therefore, the artist Leonard Adrian Melisch knows how to envelop us in a hypnotic illusion through his paintings that have an interesting metallic look. He manages to amplify the color with the help of his rich imagination, also refining his strong emotions in all the paintings he made in the technique of oil on canvas or blade knife.

LEONARD ADRIAN MELISCH
Painter | Romania

Artist Statement

Summer is the season of colors. In summer, any shade vibrates covering its entire color spectrum. June is the summer month I was born in a city in the former Duchy of Bukovina. Due to its multiculturalism, in which diversity and complementarity predominate, Bucovina is one-of-a-kind. Through my veins flows the blood of my ancestors and the countless nationalities that have lived in perfect harmony for so long. Today, I place the vibration of their souls on the canvas.

Education began early with grandmother Helene and grandfather Rudolf, being complemented by ancestral fairy tales and stories slowly told by the wise grandmother Aurora. The artistic side of the teachers in my family immediately led me to draw. The multiple competitions held during the horrifying communist regime in which I participated with drawings of construction sites, blocks, trucks, cranes made me taste the first artistic satisfaction.

Rock music made me vibrate as a child. For 25 years, starting with adolescence, the inner vibration spread on the rhythmic side of several rock projects, similar in style to the musical periods in which they were conceived.

Over the years this vibration has diminished in amplitude, slowly and surely moving me back to color. Electromechanical engineering at the University guided my steps in the field of pressure and gas-lift installations, a field that I still practice today and from which I earn my income to support my family.

Starting with 2013, after completing my studies at the “Ion Irimescu” Art School, I started to deepen my artistic practice. After many experiments, going through all the techniques, I decided to stop at palette knife oil painting. This technique imprints on my works a certain sculptural, masculine texture.


My paintings speak for themselves. They tell about who I am, a person who loves eternity. My pictorial states have evolved from my love for the architecture of the village frozen in time, the secular forests of Bukovina, the immensity of the Universe, to the immortalization of the tangible portions of objects, of the textures that I am fond of, such as stone, wood and metal. I do not forget, many times, to embrace the fir forests and with them in my arms, to look at the heavenly spectacle. In those moments, I close my eyes, merge with nature, become part of it – I become the bridge between heaven and earth. When I "return" to the ground, overwhelmed by the fatigue of obsolete euphoria, I fall to my knees and delicately feel with my fingers the fabric of plants, wood and stone, quietly waiting for the chromatic symbiosis.


Member of the “Nicolae Tonitza” Art Association (TAG) Suceava within the “Stefan cel Mare” University, Suceava, since March 2013,

Member of the iArt Association - International Artists - Iasi - starting with July 2019.


PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

- PLASTIC CONFLUENTS, organized by Iulius Mall Suceava in partnership with the Association of Artists and Friends of Fine Arts from Bucovina and Pro Bucovina Alliance, 07.06. - 07.07.2013,

- CHROMATIC REFLECTIONS, organized at "ZIMBRU" Shopping Center Suceava, within the "Gallery of all - without resentments",

- CHROMATIC INTERFERENCES, organized by Iulius Mall Suceava in partnership with the Association of Artists and Friends of Fine Arts from Bucovina and Pro Bucovina Alliance, 01.11. - 02.12.2014,

- REVERENCE, organized by ”Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava in partnership with ”Nicolae Tonitza” Art Association (TAG), 09.11. - 28.11.2015,

- CHROMATIC REVELATIONS - organized at the Astronomical Observatory Suceava in partnership with the "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association (TAG), 19.09. - 29.09.2016,

- INTERFERENCES, organized at the Museum of Bucovina by Suceava County Council, 16.10.2017-30.10.2017,

- VISIONS - organized at the Museum of Bucovina by Suceava County Council, 01.11.2018-24.11.2018,

- EFFECTS - organized at the Museum of Bucovina by Suceava County Council, 01.12.2019-20.12.2019,

- TOWARDS RARAU - organized at the Museum of Bucovina by Suceava County Council, 16.11.2020-30.11.2020.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


- ANNUAL COUNTY SALON COMPETITION OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, XXIII edition, November 2012,

- “ION IRIMESCU” NATIONAL FINE ARTS COMPETITION, 6th edition, Suceava, 27.02.2013,

- SPRING SALON OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, organized at the History Museum from Suceava, April 2013,

- SACRED AND PROFANE, organized by TAG Suceava at the Visual Arts Club within Shopping City Suceava, May 2013,

- EXHIBITION organized by "Ion Irimescu" Art School at the Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture, June 2013,

- VEGETAL, organized by TAG Suceava at the Visual Arts Club within Shopping City Suceava, October 2013,

- WINTER SALON, organized by TAG Suceava at "Stefan cel Mare" University, 01.12.2013 - 30.01.2014,

- ANNUAL COUNTY COMPETITION OF AMATEUR ARTISTS Suceava, XXIV edition, December 2013 - January 2014,

- ABSTRACT ART, organized by ELITE PROF ART GALLERY at Crowne Plaza Hotel – Bucharest, 23.05.2014 - 13.06.2014,

- Exhibition at "CIPRIAN PORUMBESCU" EUROPEAN ARTS FESTIVAL, Spring Salon of amateur artists, Stupca,

- AUTUMN SALON, organized by the Union of Visual Artists - Botosani together with Botosani County Museum, at “Stefan Luchian” Art Galleries, Botosani, November 22 and December 4, 2014,

- WINTER SALON 2014, organized by TAG Suceava within the Center for the Support of Bucovina Traditions in Suceava, December 19, 2014 - January 31, 2015.

- ANNUAL OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, at City Gallery, inside Shopping City Suceava, 23.12.2014 - 15.01.2015,

- ...OF WINTER, organized by Elite Prof Art Gallery within WORLD TRADE CENTER BUCHAREST, 18.01.2015 - 18.02.2015,

- WINTER SALON 2015, organized by TAG Suceava at the Art Gallery of USV ("Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava), February 15, 2015 - February 28, 2015,

- SPRING-SUMMER SALON, organized by Botosani County Museum and the Union of Visual Artists – Botosani, at "Stefan Luchian” Art Galleries, Botosani, 10-28.05.2015,

- INTERFERENCES, NATIONAL SALON OF VISUAL ARTS, 4th edition, at "Stefan Luchian” Art Galleries, Botosani, September 27-22, 2015,

- vinTAGe, organized by TAG Suceava at the Art Gallery of "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, November 30 – December 30, 2015,

- ANNUAL SALON COMPETITION OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, XXV edition, at the Center for the Support of Bucovina Traditions, 21.12.2015 - 31.01.2016,

- SUMMER SALON OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, 2016,

- ROGVAIV R, organized by TAG Suceava at the Art Gallery of "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, March 9 - April 9, 2016,

- SUMMER SALON OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, organized within the Center for the Support of Bucovina Traditions, June - July 2016,

- SUMMER SALON OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, at the Days of Dorna, at "Platon Pardau" House of Culture in Vatra Dornei, July 14 - July 22, 2016,

- SUMMER SALON OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, at the Art Gallery from Radauti, September 2016,

- ROGVAIV O, organized by TAG Suceava within the Art Gallery of "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, October 31 - November 31, 2016,

- ROGVAIV G, organized by TAG Suceava at the Art Gallery of the Museum of Bucovina, May 5 - May 31, 2017,

- SALON, organized by UAP Botosani and Botosani County Council at ”Stefan Luchian” Art Gallery, Botosani County Museum, Botosani, 20.05.2017 - 13.06.2017,

- SPRING-SUMMER SALON OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, organized by Suceava County Council and "Bucovina" Cultural Center at the Citadel of Suceava and "Ciprian Porumbescu" Museum, June - July 2017,

- SPRING-SUMMER SALON OF AMATEUR ARTISTS FROM SUCEAVA COUNTY, organized by Suceava County Council and "Bucovina" Cultural Center, Falticeni City Hall, August - October 2017, in "Painter Aurel Baesu" hall of "Ion Irimescu" Art Museum, Falticeni,

- ROGVAIV V, organized by TAG Suceava within the Art Gallery of "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, December 15, 2017 - January 31, 2018,

- SPRING SALON, organized by UAP Botosani and Botosani County Council at Botosani County Museum within "Stefan Luchian" Art Gallery, Botosani, 14.02.2018 - 09.03.2018,

- ROGVAIV A, organized by TAG Suceava at the Art Gallery of the Museum of Bucovina, May 1, 2018 - May 23, 2018,

- INTERFERENCES, NATIONAL SALON OF VISUAL ARTS, 6th edition, at "Stefan Luchian” Art Galleries, Botosani, 20.12.2018 - 10.01.2019,

- ROGVAIV IV, organized by TAG Suceava at the Art Gallery of "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, March 7, 2019 - March 30, 2019,

- INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SALON, 4th Edition, 2019, organized by the IART association at iArt Galleries, Central University Library "Mihai Eminescu", Iasi, September 11 - 18, 2019,

- NATIONAL SALON OF VISUAL ARTS, INTERFERENCES, 7th edition at "Stefan Luchian” Art Galleries, Botosani, November-December 2019,

- VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION - LATE SPRING, organized by the IART association at the Municipal Museum "Regina Maria", Iasi, July 8 and 18, 2020,

- ARTISTS IN ISOLATION 20-20, organized by AIOS (Association for the Beautification of the City of Sibiu), together with the City of Artists, 07.09.2020-18.10.2020 (07.09 - 13.09.2020 Rasinari, 14-20.09.2020 Cisnadioara, 21-27.09.2020 Copsa Mica, 01-18.10.2020 Sibiu),

- INTERFERENCES, NATIONAL SALON OF VISUAL ARTS, 9th edition, at "Stefan Luchian” Art Galleries, Botosani, 03-30.10.2020,

- INTERNATIONAL AUTUMN SALON, 7th Edition, 2020, organized by the IART association at iArt Galleries, Central University Library "Mihai Eminescu", Iasi, October 21 and 31, 2020.

PROJECTS:

- "VIBRATION OF COLORS" Annual painting contest, Edition I, 17.05.2014, at School of Iacobesti, Suceava County, organized in collaboration with the Association for Help and Friendship of Suceava (ASAP), "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association (TAG) and "Mihai Eminescu" National College of Suceava,

- "COLOR VIBRATION" Annual painting competition, Edition II, 02.05.2015, at School of Iacobesti, Suceava County, organized in collaboration with the Association for Help and Friendship of Suceava (ASAP), "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association (TAG) and "Mihai Eminescu" National College of Suceava,

- "COLOR VIBRATION" Annual painting competition, Edition III, 07.05.2016, at School of Iacobesti, Suceava County, organized in collaboration with the Association for Help and Friendship of Suceava (ASAP), "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association (TAG) and "Mihai Eminescu" National College of Suceava,

- "COLOR VIBRATION" Annual painting competition, Edition IV, 20.05.2017, at School of Iacobesti, Suceava County, organized in collaboration with the Association for Help and Friendship of Suceava (ASAP), "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association (TAG) and "Mihai Eminescu" National College of Suceava,

- "COLOR VIBRATION" Annual painting competition, 5th Edition, 05.19.2018, at School of Iacobesti, Suceava County, organized in collaboration with the Association for Help and Friendship of Suceava (ASAP), "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association (TAG) and "Mihai Eminescu" National College of Suceava,

- "COLOR VIBRATION" Annual painting competition, 6th Edition, 01.06.2019, at School of Iacobesti, Suceava County, organized in collaboration with the Association for Help and Friendship of Suceava (ASAP), "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association (TAG) and "Mihai Eminescu" National College of Suceava.