Today we’d like to introduce you to Leandro Comrie.
Leandro, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always been interested in people and their stories. As a kid, I would sit in my aunt’s and godmother’s kitchen, respectively, and listen to their stories. The stories were about them and other people, but far from being gossip oriented; they were focused on life experiences and lessons on how to approach life from a kinder perspective.
Those conversations left a seed in me, and I watched it grew through the years and realized how easy it was for me to connect to people emotionally. I had learned to welcome people and their stories. At some point, I considered studying psychology, convinced it was the best way to put this trait to good use, but I turned to painting instead.
Through painting, I can connect not only with other people’s stories but also with my own. No painting reveals a specific story, but instead, they are the sum of many stories. My subject matter tends to be broad, and inclusive for this reason. I don’t wish to paint solely about one story or focus on one sentiment. The human experience is a combination of emotions that rise and subside. Therefore, my work can be a mix of heartbreak, love, death, friendship, lust, kindness, sexuality, spirituality among other things, things that as human beings we can relate to.
As an artist, I am intrigued by how we negotiate these aspects of our lives and how we navigate life itself in different times and spaces, always striving to make the best of our lives.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I approach painting from a figurative perspective with a narrative rooted in the intricacies of relationships. The human figure in my work is more a metaphor than a realistic observation of the human body. I engage it as a tool to deconstruct, exaggerate or exemplify an idea.
Although the figure remains recognizable in most of my work, in certain instances the figure gets intercepted, interrupted or morphs into something completely different. Anthropomorphic figures blur the lines between our idea of civilized behavior and our animalistic instinct. Sometimes the images morph into a tree or mutate to have several mouths or limbs. Altering the human shape arises mixed emotions in the viewer, and it suspends them in an alternate reality where everything that we believe and conceive as real is challenged. As for those figures that remain somewhat faithful to our conception of the human figure, their environments thrust them into dreamlike realms where they either thrive or survive.
These alterations challenge any conformity or idea around body and gender, but they also metaphorically address issues that include but are not limited to love, sexuality, identity, and spirituality.
As an artist, I am intrigued by how we negotiate these aspects of our lives in order to survive the demands put on us by family, friends, and society. My ultimate goal in this exploration is to find an answer to those unresolved relationships that have left a trace within us but also to pay tribute to those relationships that have illuminated us.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I admire many artists who are actively addressing issues that concerns all of us in politics, sexuality, equality among other things. I think artists try to reflect the mood of their times and there’s no difference between artists in other times and artist nowadays. At the end, we are doing the best we can to show what we think is important and we use our craft to address those issues. Personally, I address different issues at the same time such as politics, relationships, identity and how we try to negotiate such aspects in our daily lives.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a website www.leandrocomrie.com which I keep updated for the most part. In the last years, I have turned to social media, Instagram to be more specific and that’s where I keep my latest works and exhibitions up to date. My Instagram account is malandri.
- Address: 9109 Durham Avenue
North Bergen, NJ 07047
- Website: www.leandrocomrie.com
- Phone: 516-375-6106
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: malandri