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Artist Nierman, Leonardo
Date c. 1971
Medium oil on masonite
Place of Origin Mexico
Culture Mexican
Catalog Number 1973.50
Collection Modern Latin American Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Gift of the Artist
Didactic Information Often referred to as the "Jackson Pollock of Latin American Art," Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman Mendelejis is recognized for his expressive abstract paintings in vivid colors. In the 1950s Nierman's classical training as a violinist, and his studies in physics, math, the psychology of color, and the harmony of both static and dynamic space, became major influences in his work. Using swirling color patterns and vibrant designs, Nierman's paintings evoke nature and the cosmos, as well as melodic compositions. Nierman has worked with weavers in France, Madrid, and Mexico to execute his tapestries; however, as a Mexican artist he feels that the weavers from his native country best translate his designs. Rejecting the widely held belief that tapestry designs require simplification, Nierman approaches his tapestries with the same complexities of color and form as his paintings, resulting in distinctive compositions of spirited movement.
(December 2015)