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 Leonard J. Koscianski  (1952 - )

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Lived/Active: Maryland/Ohio      Known for: post-modern imagery, ferocious animal

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Leonard Koscianski was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952 and settled in Annapolis, Maryland. A student of R. Buckminster Fuller and noted American painter Wayne Thiebaud, he received his bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and his Master's Degree from the University of California, Davis. He became a professor of art, teaching at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 1980 to 1984,and the University of Maryland in College Park from 1984 to 1987.

He became a part of a group dedicated to postmodern art, resulting from the social tumult they perceived in the 1980's. Their artwork was outwardly focused and culturally critical and depicted aggressively in well-crafted methods the "dark" side of the postmodern world from their multiple perspectives.

Koscianski's painting "Man is a Wolf" is an example of this kind of work as it alludes to the dark emotional turmoil of suburbia. This painting shows a snarling canine in a suburban neighborhood of identical houses, surrounded by a cage-like network of branches. The title of the work is a quote from "Leviathan" by Thomas Hobbes.

For this artist and others sharing his postmodern expression, the individual is isolated from the product of his labor, and imprisoned in suburban sprawl. He is tantalized, and inevitably frustrated in his quest for consumer products. He is shorn of religion, ethics, and metaphysics, and feeling totally frustrated, reverts to primitive expression.

On another level Koscianski creates works that are more naturalistic with high-key pastel colors and environmental subject matter. Diffusing light juxtaposed against pronounced texture, he strives to create an almost dreamscape quality.

His paintings are to be found in many public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Chicago Art Institute. His work has appeared in "The New York Times", "The Los Angeles Times", "Art News" and "Art Forum". He is the recipient of numerous awards, including The National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and The Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Fellowship.

Island Weiss Gallery
"Who's Who in American Art", 1997-1998

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