Artist Statement and Biography
Born in Warsaw, Poland, where he still resides today, Leszek Sokol has been a professional artist for thirty years. He graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where he focused on interior design and graphic art. His passion for painting, however, eventually overruled his other artistic interests. His voyage of discover of his own personal creative path has always been inspired by paintings from the European artists of the 14th to 17th centuries. His fascination with 17th century paintings of the Dutch Masters led him initially to paint still life compositions in the Dutch Style. However, his constant study of teh techniques of the old masters in general, led him in more recent years to become completely entranced with the figurative works of the early Italian Renaissance, the influence of which can readily be seen in his current body of work.
"I want my paintings to be a bridge between our dreams and the worl of the here and now. Each one of us has dreamed of an enchanted world at some time in our lives.
"I want these paintings to be a reminder to keep believein in dreams, to keep searching for one's passions, and to never miss a moment of life's joy and beauty, even if fleeting.
"No matter who we are and where we are from, we should always follow our hearts." -Leszek Sokol