The Boston Early Music Festival is excited to showcase art by American artist Leon Steinmetz at our June 2017 Festival. A selection of paintings from his series "All the world's a stage," can be seen in promotional materials for the Festival and the cover of the 2017 Festival Yearbook. An exclusive, limited edition BEMF collector's print, signed and authenticated by the artist, will be available for sale at the June Festival. For more information, you can visit Mr. Steinmetz's web site at www.leonsteinmetz.com. Additional information: Gurari Collections Gallery, Boston, MA, USA, www.gurari.com.
Leon Steinmetz is an American artist living in Massachusetts who has been acclaimed for his free, unrestrained drawing style and his elegant, refined colors. His work, ranging from the abstract to the figurative, can be playful and witty, and yet profound. Asked recently about his method, he explained: "When I want to say something visually, I often feel that one sheet or one canvas is insufficient. So, I keep going, producing the works until the topic is visually exhausted."
Steinmetz's work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums, including the British Museum in London, the Albertina in Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Dresden State Art Gallery in Dresden, and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow among others. He is also represented in American and international private collections, and in the rare book collections of both the New York and Boston public libraries, as well as in the rare book collections of Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia universities.
He is a winner of the First Prize at the Biennale in Latina, Italy for his series inspired by Ovid's Metamorphosis; he has participated in numerous group exhibits, and has had solo exhibits at the famed Poindexter Gallery in New York City, the Paesi Nuovi Gallery in Rome, and the Gurari Collections in Boston, among others. His most recent solo museum exhibit, called "Leon Steinmetz. The spell of Antiquity" was in the Summer 2016 (July-September) at the renowned The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia.
Steinmetz has published two limited edition collector’s books based on works of Nikolai Gogol. He is the winner of the National Best Book Award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Best Book Award from the Bookbuilders of Boston for his collector's edition of The Portrait: A Fantasy in Twenty-One Sheets (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Pegasus Publishers, 2006) inspired by Gogol's The Portrait.