Leonid Afremov an Inspiring Resilient Artist with a Story

Please allow me to introduce the newest artist I have found online! This beautiful soul has survived so much and his background story I read here was so moving!
Originally from Belarus, Leonid is a impressionistic artist of Jewish, Russian, Israeli decent. I couldn’t even begin to tell his story as well as the bio on his personal art site could.

Mostly I want to share his bright, colorful paintings here on my blog. I love his use of color and practiced hand.

He had plenty of time to practice and hone is art with the eventful life he has lived. I really encourage you to click on the links to learn more about his story. I feel that he has overcome great struggle to provide us with these beautiful masterpieces.

He was forced to paint only what would sell for many years as a developing artist but that allowed him to come into his own so that now he has a very specific style. You can see a common theme in color and the subjects he chooses reflect things the artist has viewed himself.

I just love the way all of his pictures show his unique style. These hot air balloons bring back memories of my youth visiting my father in Wala Wala Washington when the Hot Air Balloon festival was in town. I’m sure many people identify with the subjects of his paintings. Others remind me of our travels to Europe.

Dancers, landscapes, and flowers. Because of his unique history as an artist most of his time was spent painting things that sell. Popular subjects such as these were what allowed Leonid to become such a prolific artist.


I’m sure it must have been frustrating to the artist to limit himself to popular subjects. Unfortunately it seems that for the most part that is how artists are forced to make money off of their trade. Perhaps one day that will change? Perhaps it has already begun? Either way I love his ‘popular subjects.’

His flower images really highlight his fearless use of color. Generally I am not a fan of still life. The exception to that is Van Gough and artist that remind me of him with their still life. Leonid’s flowers remind me of Van Gough’s “Sunflowers.”


After all of the struggles this artist has been though in his life I was very happy to hear that he has retired to Mexico! His sons now head the business of selling his painting, prints and generally handing the art works.

I’m so glad that he did eventually sell his art on etsy, eBay and elsewhere.

To me he is an artist inspiration and a success story for modern artists everywhere.

Thank you for allowing me to share this art with you. If the artist happens to be reading this article thank you so much for touching my life with your painting. Your paintings are brilliant and inspiring. Please never stop painting and feel proud of your creations. I love you and your style!

God bless,

-Dominique Barrentine 

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TODAY DOMENECH DYNAMIC ARTIST, SCULPTOR, PART II 

  

This is Anna Conner, painter, sculptor, and movement artist. Yesterday on that crazy life I highlighted her remarkable skill as a painter. Today I want to give you a glimpse of her work as a sculptor. I didn’t feel like I could cover her variety of talents in one blog post so three parts it is! I am falling in love with the original, brilliant, and multifaceted artistic renditions of DOMENECH. 

  
Entitled, “The Kingmaker” these three photographs show parts of a larger installment. With ideas as unique as hair sculpture I can see DOMENECH going to unknown places with her sculpting. I love the attention to detail that went into this sculpted artistic experience. 

To quote the artist “There is so much turmoil that we go through in life so shedding away our hair and turning it into something beautiful is what I’m going for” -DOMENECH Aka Anna Conner

   

In this photograph you can see an even larger hair sculpture! This piece seems like the oversized version of the smaller “hair nests” I noticed around the room in other parts. Simply astonishing this piece reminds me of a nest but from the corner of my eye in the preifereal vision I almost see an oversized tarantula spider. Yuck but still cool huh? I love the composition of the piece with a model posing among her sculptures. 

The final piece of Anna Conner’s sculpture I wish to share it this… Cinder blocks with hair nests… Very peculiar but interesting in its own right. 
That concludes part 2 of my three part blog post on artist DOMENECH aka Anna Conner. For more information on her art check out her WordPress Blog IAMDOMENECH,  Facebook, and feel free to email her directly at domenechpaintings@gmail.com
Coming Tomorrow, 

PART III DOMENECH AKA ANNA CONNER CO MOTION ACTIVATED ART 

-Dominique Barrentine