Day 114- Clara Ledesma- Enthusiasm for Life

It’s Day 114 and I’m thinking about not only painting paintings, but starting on painting my ceiling of my art studio today.  OR take a nap.  Ha.  Join me in celebrating Clara Ledesma today.  It was difficult finding much information on her.  Her bio on wikipedia was short.

Clara Ledesma

Clara Ledesma

Clara Ledesma

Clara Ledesma

Clara Ledesma (1924–1999) was an artist from the Dominican Republic.Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, she initially studied art under Yoryi Morel in his academy in that city.

Ledesma later enrolled in the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo,

Clara Ledesma

Clara Ledesma

 

graduating in 1948. Her professors included Celeste Woss y Gil and George Hausdorf, while her primary mentor was painting professor Josep Gausachs. Fellow students included Gilberto Hernández Ortega and Eligio Pichardo.

In 1949, Ledesma had her first solo exhibition and in 1951 she opened a studio/gallery, where she displayed her works as well as those of other artists. With the proceeds from a very successful solo exhibition in 1952, Ledesma traveled to Europe to further her education. She studied painting in Barcelona and Madrid, and exhibited her works in galleries in Spain. Ledesma also traveled to Lisbon and Paris to visit important museums. She was particularly influenced by the works of Marc ChagallJoan Miró and Paul Klee. During her stay in Europe, Ledesma met Bolivian artist Walter Terrazas, who returned to Santo Domingo with her in 1954.

Clara Ledesma

Clara Ledesma

In Santo Domingo, she worked closely with other important Dominican artists, including Gilberto Hernández OrtegaJosep Gausachs and Jaime Colson. In 1955, she was named vice director of the National School of Fine Arts.

In 1961, Ledesma and her husband, Terrazas, moved to New York CityNew York, where

Clara Ledesma

Clara Ledesma

she opened another gallery. She lived and worked in New York City the rest of her life.

She had numerous international solo exhibitions, including events in Madrid, Mexico City and New York City, and participated in group exhibitions in Brazil, Spain, Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela, Argentina and Puerto Rico.

Ledesma’s style ranged from Expressionism and Surrealism to Abstraction.

She is known for her use of brilliant colors, imaginative figures and the feeling of magic and mysticism created in her paintings and drawings. In 1955, journalist Horia Tanasescu described her work,

Clara Ledesma

Clara Ledesma

“At times ironic, often playful, but taking great care in the production of her paintings, this artist introduces an enthusiasm for life to the national art scene that is in striking contrast to the solemnity of the majority of her fellow artists.”

Ledesma died, age 74 or 75, in New York City.

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I decided to focus on emulating her pen & ink drawings.  I really enjoyed them.  I started the piece with a thinner pen and then a thicker one.  I think I should’ve kept it thin.  That’s my only critical feedback that I have today.  It was nice to actually draw as opposed to controlling a paintbrush.

I hope you enjoy today’s piece and I’ll see you tomorrow on Day 115.  Best, Linda

Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Side-View Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Side-View
Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Close-Up 1 Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Close-Up 1
Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Close-Up 2 Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Close-Up 2
Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Close-Up 3 Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

Close-Up 3
Sirena Luna Roja- Tribute to Clara Ledesma
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic, Pen & Ink on Canvas

2 thoughts on “Day 114- Clara Ledesma- Enthusiasm for Life

  1. This is my grandmother! Nice to see others are enjoying her work still, I have a few of her paintings at my mothers home. 🙂

    xx

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