Leonardo Nierman's paintings vibrantly come to life as they capture the intensity and spontaneity of the dynamic forces that rule both nature and the cosmos. With swirling whirlpools of color, darting flame-like wisps, and brilliant hues as dazzling as a sun, they are dramatic in their representation of that which is unchallenged, though perhaps not quite understood.
Born in Mexico City in 1932, Mr. Nierman showed great enthusiasm in the arts even as a young child. In 1951, he received his Bachelor degree in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Mexico. He later made studies of the Psychology of Color and the Harmony of Form in Space.
His full career includes numerous distinctions, awards, and exhibitions. He has painted murals for the School of Commerce of the University City in Mexico,1956; the "Golden West Savings" in San Francisco, 1965; and the Princeton University Physics Building,1969.
Mr.Nierman's more recent One-Man shows include those at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City in 1972; and in 1973, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogota, Columbia, the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, the Wally F. Galleries in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Madrid, and the Tucson Art Center.
Some group shows include exhibitions at Waddington Galleries in Montreal, 1968; Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, 1968; Lowe Art Museum of the University of Miami, 1969; OEA Pavilion-Hemis Fair '68 in San Antonio, Texas, 1968; and the Caroll Reece Museum in Tennessee, 1969.
Among the several museums and galleries that have permanent collections of his works are: the Museum of Modern Art and the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, the Museum of Modern Art in Halfa, Israel, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Gallery of Modern Art in New York, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C., the Museo de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Santa Barbara Museum in California, the Vatican Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Bogota Museum of Contemporary Art, the Academy of Fine Arts in Honolulu,and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Madrid.
His numerous awards include: an Honorary Degree from the University of Mexico in 1960, a prize in a contest of Mexican Contemporary Art, sponsored by the Art Institute of Mexico, in 1964, an award of the Palme D'Or des Beaux Arts of Monaco in 1969, the Silver Medal in 1970 and the Gold Medal in 1972 from the Foundation "Tomasso Campanella" in Italy, and the award of the Royce Medal in New York in 1970. In addition, he has been a Life Fellow of "the Royal Society of the Arts" in London since 1965.
LEONARDO NIERMAN CRONOLOGY
1932-Born November 1, Mexico, D.F. Mexico
1951-Receives Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics, University of Mexico
1953-Studies the psychology of color and the harmony of space, both static and dynamic
1956-Paints a mural at the school of Commerce of the University of Mexico
1960-Receives an honorary degree from the University of Mexico
Exhibition: Hammer Galleries, New York, New York
1962 Exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, Halfa, Israel
1963 Exhibition: Gallerie Schneider, Rome, Italy
1964-Receives the Mexican Contemporary Art Prize, Art Institute of Mexico, Mexico, D.F.
1965-Becomes a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, London, England
1967 Exhibition: Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Berkley, California
1968 Exhibition: Pucker Safrai Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1969: Paints a mural for the Physics Building, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Receives Palm D'Or Des Beaux Arts, Monaco
Exhibitions: Galeria Katia Granoff, Paros, France Galeria Mer-Kup, Mexico, D.F. Mexico
1970 Exhibition: Alwin Gallery, London, England
Receives Silver Medal, Tomasso Campanella, Rome,Italy
Receives Royce Medal, New York, New York
1971 Exhibition: El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
1972 Exhibition: The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico, D F. Mexico
1973 Exhibitions: Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles,Cal. Welly F. Galleries, New York, New York Museum of Contemporary Arts, Madrid, Spain
1974 Exhibitions: Galerie Dresdnere, Ontario, Canada Casa de la Cultura, Cucuta, Columbia
1975 Exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogota, Columbia Merrill Chase Galleries, Chicago,Illinois B. Lewin Galleries, Los Angeles,Cal.
1976 Exhibition: Museum Of Contemporary Art, Bogota, Colombia
Receives the award Diploma D'Honneur of Fine Arts In Monaco, 1977
1977 Exhibitions: B. Lewin Galleries, Los Angeles, California I.F.A. Galleries, Washington, D.C. Merrill Chase Galleries, Chicago. Illinois
1978 Exhibitions: Harcourts Gallery, San Francisco, California Institute Panameno de Arte, Panama, Rep. de Panama
1979 Exhibitions: Fondation Veranneman,Belgium American Museum, Hayden Planetarium, New York, NY Cumberland Museum of Science Center,Nashville, TN Fernback Science Center, Atlanta,Georgia Dallas Health and Science Museum,Dallas,Texas McDonald Planeterium, St. Louis, Missouri
1980 Exhibitions: Nahan Gallerles, New Orleans, Louisiana Broward Galleries, Pompano Beach,Florida Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Ill. Palcio de la Virreina, Barcelona, Espana
Receives Gold Medal from the Chicago Art League
1981 Exhibition: Gerhard Wurzer Gallery, Houston, Texas
1982 Exhibitions: Galerla de Arte Misrachi, Mexico, D.F. California Museum of Sclence and Industry, Los Angeles, California
Receives Golden Centaur from Accademia Italia
Receives Diploma Master of Painting Honoris Causa" from Academia, Italia%FD
1983 Receives the Gold Medal awarded by the Internatlonal Parliment for Safety and Peace U.S.A. Italy
1984 Becomes "Accademico D'Europa" awarded by Centro Studi di Ricerch L'Accademia D'Europa, Italy
Exhibitions: Museo de Arte e Historia, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua,Mexico Centro de Artes Visuales e Investigaciones Esteticas (Museo de Saltilo) Saltilio Coahuila, Mexico Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami,Florida, The M.I.T. Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
1985 Receives Prize "European Banner of Arts", Italy
Receives "OSCAR D'ITALIA" award, Italy
1986 Winner of the The World Wide Competition to do a sculpture for the University of Central Florida,Orlando
1987 Exhibition: Merrill Chase Galleries,Chicago,Ill. Museo de Arte Costarricense, C.A.
1988-Art Center Galleries - Hawaii Inc.
"FLARE OF HOPE" Bronze for the Birmingham Museum of Art Alabama.
"PEACE" bronze for the Mexican National University,Mexico, City
"FLAME OF WISDOM" stainless steel Sculpture for the Yeshiva University, New York,N.Y.
"GUBELIN" for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Sherman Building, Mount Scopus.
1989 "GENESIS" tapestry l80 square feet for the Concert and Opera House in Salzburg.
Gubelin "EQUINOX"for the Mexico National University, Mexico City
1961 Blennale de Paris, Paris, France
1963 Museum of Modern Art, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
National Art Museum, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Museum of Fine Arts Buenos Aires, Argentina
1964 Marlborough Gerson Gallery, New York, NY
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh,PA,
1965 Museum of Art and Industry, Oslo,
Norway National Museum, Warsaw, Poland
1966 Museum of Fine Arts,Brussels, Belgium,
1967 San Diego Art Museum. San Diego, CA
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1977 Museum of Modern Art in Latin America, Washington, D.C.
Institute de Cultura Hispanica, Centro Cultural de la Villa de Madrid, Spain,
Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
1981 Galerie Guiet, Paris, France
WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Museum of Modern Art, Mexico, D. F. Mexico
Museum of Modern Art. Haifa, Israel.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
The Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
El Paso Museum of Art, Texas
Pan American Union, Washington, D.C.
Santa Barbara Museum, California
Museum of Contemporary Art, Vatican Museum, Rome
Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Detroit Institute of Arts, Mlchigan
National Theater ot Jerusalem, Israel
Bogota Museum of Contemporary Art, Colombia
Tucson Art Center, Arizona
The Academy of Fine Arts in Honolulu
Museum of Contemporary Arts, Madrid, Spain
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, Calif.
Interamericana Bank, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Modern Art in Latin America, Washington, D.C.
International Association of Journalists
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Merle Hay Mall Regional Shopping Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
First National Bank of Denver
Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
The Atlanta Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
The Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N. Y.
The Gallery of Modern Art, New York
Museo de Ponce, Puerto Rico
Museum Omar Rayo, Colombia
Museum of The University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Museo de America, Madrid, Spain
Chicago Art Institute
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N. Y.
Oklahoma Art Center
Rose Museum Brandeis University, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art of Latin America
Museum of the University of Virginia
The Northern Illinois University
Fort Worth Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Art Institute Panama, Rep. de Panama
American Express Plaza, New York City
Coll Industries Building,New York City
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Los Angeles, Calif.
Museum of Contemporary Arts, Panama Rep. de Panama
Collection National Symphony Orchestra For the Performing Arts - Kennedy Center.
Colt Industries Building, New York City
Indianapolis Museum of Art.
National Gallery, Australia
Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles California