Leonid Balaklav | One Man Show
Curator: Leore Yahel Ohad
Texs By: Gideon Ofrat
“Leonid Balaklav paints with intimacy infused with a spiritual experience of a believing artist. With integrity and valor he incessantly strives to know himself, while exorcising his demons. His self-penance and Jewish self-crucifixion make his artistic path religious in depth. Leonid is a painter who is free from the pressures of contemporariness and its trends, as his dialogue is not with the linguistic innovation but with his own spirit and corporal prison, as a painter who mixes aesthetics with ethics and fuses material-image with spirit, by dipping them in the creator’s painful emotions. A flawed space of existence of self-punishment and self-reduction on the road to salvation.”
The exhibition at Zemack Gallery will feature new works alongside previous works, drawings, pastels and artist’s books. Most of the works featured in the show are exposed to the public for the first time. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art will hold a solo exhibition of his works in 2015.