Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Meet Leo. Leo channels art.

I call myself lucky to know this amazing artist.  I've never seen him with shoes on (and, come to think of it, I'm not sure he ever wears a shirt either).  His hair has been dreaded since I met him years ago.  He is a Colombian transplant living and working in Samara, Costa Rica.  He has his own two-story art gallery apartment and a garden and sidewalk covered in his work.  He dissects barbie dolls and he paints with picasso-like madness.  He twists waste into the most precious and beloved jewelry, decoration, or souvenir of this place that he now calls his home and his inspiration.

He is Leo.  He is art.

Here's an old video taken of Leo speaking about his shop and his art, with some images of his works and of our town.  I can't express what a genuinely kind and free-loving person Leo is. He has a brilliant mind and an even more brilliant ability to express it with his hands and tools and paints.  He also has a really simple and pleasant way of explaining his art, what it means, and where it comes from.  There's always something to learn from artistic minds not only about their media but about life!

If you can't get enough, you can check out his facebook page:

He's also been mentioned in various travel books and blogs like Fodor's and LonelyPlanet!

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