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Leonardo Cuervo is a Fantastic Realism painter interested in exploring the human figure and bringing out its unsettling side. As reflected in his 2014 solo show In Fabula at the Garboushian Gallery in Los Angeles, Cuervo's work is 'infused with all things fantastical and esoteric, leaving the reality of society and exploring the unreal world in our imagination'. He started as an engraving student at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, in Havana, Cuba, but was immediately drawn to traditional oil painting techniques.
In Havana, Cuervo presented solo shows in prestigious institutions like the Gallery Palace of Limbillo, the Wallonia Cultural Center, both in Havana Historical Center, and the Gallery Pequeno Espacio of the National Council of VIsual Arts and participated in collective exhibitions at institutions like the Center for the Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba, and the Blue Circle Gallery, Chicago, USA.
His early work, influenced by the culture developed during the XIV and XVII centuries, led him to present solo exhibitions at the Contrast-Gallery and the Galerie Yannick David, in Brussels, Belgium. Cuervo's origins as engraver motivated him to also embrace pencil drawing as a complete form of expression. His graphite work was recently selected for the 2014 collective show PaperWorks II at the Upstream Gallery in Hasting-on-Hudson, New York. Cuervo lives and paints in California since 2012.