|Malamocca by Paolo Leoncini (2012)|
Paolo remembers the first solo exhibition his father had in at the Opera Bevilacqua La Masa in Piazza San Marco in August, 1947. Paolo was not yet seven-years-old, but the excitement of the opening left an indelible memory. As soon as he could hold a brush, Paolo, too, began to paint. It seemed that artistic talent ran in the family.
|Cupola of San Simeon Piccolo by Marcello Leoncini (1956)|
|La Spiagga (The Beach) by Marcello Leoncini (1948)|
The year 1948 started off with a bang -- Marcello was invited to participate in the 24th Venice Biennale International Contemporary Art Exhibition, as well as the Quadrennial in Rome, and the National Exhibition of Contemporary Art, "April in Milan." On November 28, 1949, the Minister of Education bought Marcello's Natura morta con i pesci (Still Life with Fish) for the Ca' Pesaro museum, Venice's International Gallery of Modern Art.
|Maternità by Marcello Leoncini (1956)|
In 1992, two years after Marcello's death, the City of Venice mounted a retrospective entitled, Marcello Leoncini. Works from the '30s to the Postwar.
|Paesaggio con mezzaluna (Landscape with Half Moon) by Paolo Leoncini (1978)|
Instead of going to art school, Paolo got his degree in Humanities and became a respected critic and professor of contemporary Italian literature, while still focusing intensely on his art. Diego Valeri, the poet and literary critic, wrote about Paolo Leoncini: "in his double-act" -- artistic and critical -- "there is no trace of amateurism because his commitment is the most serious and profound of those working in these difficult fields."
|Spaccato collinare (Hillside cutaway) by Paolo Leoncini (1979)|
|Lunar Carnival by Paolo Leoncini (2004)|
|Girasole (Sunflower) by Marcello Leoncini (1973)|
Now Paolo's journeys have led him to Paris where he will once again share the stage with his father, Marcello, at La Capitale Galerie, a gallery that also represents the work of Henri Goetz. From April 28 to May 23, 2015, La Capitale presents Marcello et Paolo LEONCINI, deux vénitiens à Paris, or Two Venetians in Paris. The vernissage is on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m.
April 28 to May 23, 2015
La Capitale Galerie
18 Rue du Roule
75001 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 42 21 19 31
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