Description My oil painting, Vaquero, is a portrait that was inspired by my travels in Central and South America. Vaqueros were the cowboys in the early days of cattle ranching in Mexico. The painting features vibrant primary colors. My portraits combine elements of realism and abstraction. The Vaquero is presented in profile in a realistic manner. The abstract background features warm, sunny yellows with blues and reds that evoke the tropical colors of Mexico. The painting conveys a peaceful, meditative mood.
Leon Sarantos, Chicago Member Since April 2011 Artist Statement Leon Sarantos graduated from the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. Mr. Sarantos is an architect, as well as an artist, and is the self-employed owner of Techteam. He has studied figurative painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently he has taken classes at the Hyde Park Art Center, including oil painting, portraits, independent study with Darrell Roberts. While at the Hyde Park Art Center, he participated in invitational student exhibit, displaying his cityscape painting of Botany Pond, and a figurative painting, Nude Male Torso. His cityscape painting, Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court, was also displayed at at the University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel’s invitational exhibit.
New and Recent Exhibits.
The Struggle for Art III - Art Non-Realiste, Cornerstone Art Center, Whiting,
Indiana, 4/4 to 4/29, 2011. 119th Street Artists and Invited Guests: Mexican Road Trip, InterLocked Images, Venice,
South Side Impressions, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, 3/1 to 3/31, 2011. Curated Group Show: Botany Pond, Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court.
Vision Becomes Reality, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, 3/4 to 3/25, 2011. Invited Guest Artist, East Bank Artists' group show, Bond Chapel.
Hold Still Art Exhibit, Oak Park Art League, Benefit, 2/11 to 3/4, 2011. Still Life paintings, group show: Sunflowers in Vase, Curious Cat.
Pink Walk, Ravenswood Art Walk and House Beautiful, 2/27,2011. Tickled Pink.
Morpho Gallery, 5th Annual Emerging Artists Winter Exhibit, 1/28/2011 to 3/07/2011. Curated group show: Landscapes, Bougainvillea Garden in Mexico and Woman Wading in Barra de Navidad.
Chicago Artists Month, New Wave Cafe, Chicago, Illinois. Curated group show, Bond Chapel, C-Shop. October, 2010
- Best of Show Award at CornerStone Art Center & Gallery, May, 2011. Still Life With Mannequin Hand painting.
- First prize at South Side Impressions Group Exhibit at the Beverly Art Center, March, 2011. Botony Pond, a cityscape painting of the University of Chicago campus.
- He was listed as Featured Artist, @Chicagoart, Twitter, January 15, 2011.
- His painting, Suzanne in Repose, received special recognition in the December figurative art exhibition at the Light Space &Time - Online Gallery.