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Leon Nicholas N. Kalas
Brooklyn , NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill


ARTIST STATEMENT: ARTIST STATEMENT Painting to me it’s a life force, not a career. Later on in my life, in order to refine what I learned through experience and years of practice, I attended the Art Students League of New York, The New York Academy of Art, and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) where I studied portraiture and human anatomy. My work has been shown in various solos and group exhibits in New York and Baltimore, MD, and are owned by private collectors throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada. One of my paintings is in the permanent collection of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. Another work is included in the September 11 Digital Archives at the Center of History and New Media at Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. I have also been published twice in Boheme Magazine online, in Paris, France. My commentary on one of the works by Jean-Michael Basquiat, was included in his exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2005. One of my paintings was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. (June of 2005.) My work is also in the Library of Congress; Exhibit No. 1132 Archive No. 783, at the Ministry of Culture in Bucharest, Romania, and the Muzeul de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I have been featured in NY Arts Magazine, Brooklyn Fine Art magazine, and the Arts & Entertainment supplements of Brooklyn Eagle (In Brooklyn) and the Brooklyn Courier (24/7). Some of the important portraits that I have painted include; actors Sidney Poitier and Tony Cutis, the Italian Fashion designer Valentino Garavani, US senator Roland Borris and His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco. In pursuing my art, I focused primarily on the human figure. This decision was initially an aesthetic one, although an even deeper response to the human condition has inspired my work. I believe human beings are noble. We live with the knowledge that some day our lives will end and we wonder if there is a purpose to our existence. I believe there is a very tragic, noble quality to this basic condition. I believe that to create is to reach into the depth of your soul and let your spirit free; to grasp the first impression through sight and transform it into an idea and ultimately into a piece of art. I believe art is not always our expression of the beauty that surrounds us in every day lives; it is also our expression of our anger, frustration, sorrow, happiness or dreams harbored in our unconscious mind, which we are unable to express in words. I believe art is communication with one another. Those that can see between the fine lines can break the code and ‘read’ the message. Art to me is like religion; you must believe in it, practice it, and share it. When I paint, I want the end results to reflect my mood at that time. Having a range of moods, I have a variety of styles. After many years of creating figurative paintings, I am now beginning to change directions and am leaning towards figurative abstract expressionism. Now in my paintings, I want to offer a creation and have the viewer complete it with his interpretation. I believe art should offer more then one view; it no longer belongs to the artist alone. When we view art, it should take us on an intimate journey. For me, this new direction is a reawakening in my paintings that allows me to express my ‘ideas’ more effectively. However, as Mark Rothko believed, I too believe that there should be a clear line between illustration, design, decoration, and the production of fine art. I believe art should have its own ‘reality’ not merely mimic the visual world around us. The essence of painting is, to me, the artist’s unique perspective on the world and his communication of that perspective to the observer. When we view his painting we enter his reality. Therefore, I have shifted from my realistic paintings to the evolution of a more abstract style. Paintings that are disturbing to look at , as is the case in some of my recent works, are meant not as a sneering judgment, but as a genuinely sympathetic appraisal of the human condition, with the end of mending and healing, not dismembering and destroying. I believe art must aspire to a loftier goal than commentary and must speak to the essentially human aspect common to all of us if it is to succeed. When it does, it is timeless and tragic. Leon Nicholas Kalas Curator-Artist

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Leon Nicholas Kalas
149 Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Education department
Instructor of art for Boys & Girls scouts of Harford County, Maryland.
Leslie Lohman Gallery, New York, volunteer position
Director, Curator The National Center for Creative Aging, Brooklyn, NY
Owned and Directed Greco Art Gallery, Havre de Grace, Maryland
Art instructor for SAGE. Seniors group in Queens.
In-house curator: Simon Liu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
In-house curator: Fillmore Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Art curator for Con Edison Brooklyn (Consolidated Edison Electric Company).


Pace University
Attended Art Students League of New York
Attended New York Academy of Art, New York
Studied at the Salmagundi Center of American Art
Parson’s New School: Gallery Management, 5-course semester.
Studied at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) -Human anatomy


BAC; Brooklyn Art Council
Strathmore Registry; Who’s Who in America
Artists Registry; Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Rotunda Gallery Artist Registry
Portrait Society of America
Inter-Art Foundation, Aiud, Romania


Inter-Art Foundation Art Camp. International Artists Group, Aiud, Romania 2010
Inter-Art Gallery. Aiud, Romania. International Group Show 2010
Dorsey Gallery, Brooklyn. Group show 2010
Portraits in oil of His Majesty Mohammed VI King of Morocco. At the 2010
Town & Country 352 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. Solo Christian Herald Gallery, 132 Madison Ave. NYC. An exhibit of 20 portraits 2010
In oil on canvas of the Men & Women of the Bowery Mission. Solo
Con Edison’s Exhibiting Space, Brooklyn, NY Solo show 2010
Learning Spring School’s Annual Benefit at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, NYC.Auction. 2010
LaunchPad Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Auction: 2010
Federal Hall, Wall St. New York. Group show 2009
Rogue Space Chelsea, New York, Group show 2009
Art Live World 2009 at Chair and the Maiden Gallery. Int’l Group show 2009
Inter-Art Foundation, Alba, Romania. “Libertate” Intl Group show. 2009
Hudson Guild Gallery, 411 W. 26th St. NYC Group show 2009
King Richard Carriers House, Brooklyn artists 2009
International Collective Art Exhibition, Spring Edition 2009, Rabat, Morocco 2009
Regional Gallery of Rabat, Morocco, Printemps des Arts Visuels 2009
Bab Fes Gallery, Sale, Rabat, Morocco, Printempas des Arts Visuels 2009
9th Street Salon, Brooklyn, NY Group exhibit 2009
Hudson Guild Gallery, 441 W. 26 St. NYC Group show 2009
80 Washington Square East Galleries: 32nd Small Works. Group show 2009
Con Edison’s Exhibiting Space: Portraits . Solo show 2009
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. “Seeing Jazz” A Tribute to the Masters and
Pittsburgh Jazz Legends. Group show including works by Romare Bearder 2009
Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY “There’s No Place Like Utopia. Group show. 2008
BeSAA (Bedford-Stuyvesent Arist’ Association, 2008 Studio Strut 2008
Brooklyn As a State of Mind: Clinton Hill Art Festival. Group show 2008
Con Edison’s Exhibiting Space: African Masks series. Solo show 2008
GMAC Art Exhibit, New York City, Group show 2008
Keyspand Park Art Fair 2008 2008
Atlantic Art Walk 2008. Open Studios 2008
Organization of Independent Artists – Group exhibit 2008
MH Art Gallery, 9 West 20 Street, NYC: Group show 2008
Casa Frela Gallery, NYC. Social Injustice in America. Solo show 2008
Con Edison Exhibiting Space; Brooklyn Branch. Landscapes 2007
Affordable Art Fair, New York City. Group shows. June 13-17 2007
Atlantic Art Walk open studios June 9-10 2007
Con Edison Exhibiting Space . Recent Works. Solo Exhibit. 2007
Gloria Kennedy Gallery 222. DUMBO. Black USA. Group shows 2007
Washington Square East Galleries, NY Small Works. Group Exhibit. 2007
Fillmore Atlantic gallery, “Social Justice in America” solo show 2007
Salmagundi Club, New York, summer group exhibition 2006
Fillmore Atlantic Gallery, Abstract vs. Figurative; two men’s show 2006
Salmagundi Club New York, Group Spring exhibition
ArtWalk 2006 Group shows 2006
Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Gallery Art exhibit dedicated to
Borough President Marty Markowitz. Group show 2006
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Group exhibit June 2005
Fillmore Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Retrospective, solo show 2005
Old First Reformed Church. “A Visual Sound” Group show 2005
Perks, NY 193 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY, solo show,
“2-11, Life, Death, Eternity” 2005
Perks, NY 193 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY Solo show;
“Retrospective” 2004
Bedford Stuyvesant Artists Association, Studio Strut, Group show 2004
Queens Pride House, Solo show: Nudity and Society. 2004
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Group show 2004
Heartbeats of the World, Inc. Hilton Hotel, NY Auction (group) 2004
BESSA Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Group shows 2004
New York Art Group, 19 Hudson St. NYC 2004
Atlantic Avenue Art Walk, Brooklyn, NY Group shows 2004
Art on the First Quincy Street Garden, Brooklyn, NY Group show 2004
KB Studio-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Group shows 2004
Fillmore Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Solo show 2004
Pegasus Gallery, 119 E 60th St. NYC, group show 2004
“Kuumba” New York Black Pride five Borough Art exhibitions,
broadcasted on Channel 1, the News Channel. Group show 2004
Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, group show 2004
BWAC, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition. Group show 2003
Art in the Garden of La Cle D’or, Havre de Grace, Maryland, solo show 2002
Andy & Bill’s Fine Art Gallery, Havre de Grace, Maryland, solo show 2002
Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY. Group show 2002
Exit Art Gallery, NYC Group shows 2002
BWAC, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Group show 2001
BWAC, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Group show 2000
Greco Art Gallery, Havre de Grace, Maryland. Solo show 1999
Last Tango Gallery, Havre de Grace, Maryland. 1998
Williamsburg & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Group show 1998
Resurgan Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland. Group show 1998
Pine Hill Art Show. Pine Hills New York State. Group show 1997
Brooklyn Brewery Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. Group show 1996
Old New York Gallery, NYC. Group show 1995

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