is an artist who exhibits floor to ceiling installations of
small to large scale paintings which address culture, politics and
American identity. The cavalcade of images exhibited en masse, show
events of deep cultural significance flanked by bizarre meditations on
moments of Leo's personal experience. His use of bright colors and
whimsical humor provide a flashlight and sense of hope, which makes
his often dark content seem less so.
Born in 1976, Brian Leo lives and works in New York City. He received
a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. His
paintings have been exhibited in venues, such as The Leo Kesting
Gallery, Capla Kesting Fine Arts, GLOWLAB, Umbrella Arts Projects, D.U.M.B.O.
Arts Center, McCaig Welles Gallery, Front Room Gallery, Jonathan Shorr
Gallery, The Gaga Arts Center, Tribes Gallery, The Angel Orensanz
Foundation, The Pierro Gallery, C.B.G.B.'s 313 Gallery, and numerous
art fairs including Scope NY, Fountain NY/Miami, Bridge Chicago/Miami
and The Governor's Island Art Fair. His work has been included in The
New York Times, The Daily News, The Miami New Times, The Korea Times, The Korea Daily,
Art Comments, Danish Broadcasting Corporation: Kulturynyt Radio, The
Saatchi Gallery Online, White Hot Magazine Online, The Brooklyn Rail,
Juxtapoz, Art Basel Artist Profile Online, and The Council for the
Arts and Humanities for Staten Island.
Brian is showing art at the LEO KESTING GALLERY and At GLOWLAB
Fountain was launched in March 2006 in New York in an effort to leverage support for independent galleries overlooked by the larger, corporate-sponsored art fairs. The name “Fountain” is a nod to Marcel Duchamp’s controversial sculpture which shook up the art world when it was rejected by the Society of Artists’ exhibition in 1917. Similarly, in defiant contrast with The Armory Show, Art Basel Miami Beach, Pulse, Scope and the numerous other international art fairs, Fountain has received wide public support and critical acclaim for its experimental slant favoring large, open and ambitious installation spaces. In form and spirit, the artwork exhibited at Fountain reflects the avant-garde attitude of the Dada art movement, while attracting the attention of the international clientele and top collectors who attend the more traditional fairs.