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Plom Gallery, the contemporary art gallery dedicated to children, presented Leonardo Paints, an exhibition of paintings and drawings that Leonardo Rodriguez-Pastrana Caldarola, a recently completed 5 year old artist, has done during the last year. Letters, numbers, countries, planets, airplanes are part of this collection that for the first time were on sale on November 16 and 17 at the Greenhouse, where in addition to the exhibition, we conducted a painting workshop with the artist Jesús de Miguel , from the ART U READY platform. A part of the profits from the sale will go to the NGO KUBUKA.
With 2 years and a half he began to draw in the cupboards of his house and his parents decided to put a big slate wall in his room, so that he could express himself freely. Then came the canvases, big brushes and colors.
Leonardo plays with paint and paints while playing: he shares his hobby with his parents who support him, teach him and stimulate him day by day. With total freedom to express himself, he paints in large format all that he learns at school: letters, numbers, countries … but also his favorite heroes, animals, monsters and cranes.
His style, despite having no references, reminds us of Basquiat’s neo-expressionism: use and mixture of different materials and techniques and themes … everything can be mixed and live together in one of his paintings. Leonardo has an Instagram account managed by his father, in which every day there are more followers and interested people. For this reason, and for being able to contribute their bit to a charitable cause, they have decided to show and sell some of the pieces.
Plom Gallery is the first contemporary art gallery aimed at children. Exhibits and sells works of adult artists chosen especially to stimulate the creativity and imagination of children. The gallery is in Barcelona and is about to reach its first 5 years of life (like Leonardo). Martha Zimmermann is the founder and director.
JESUS DE MIGUEL
The work of Jesús de Miguel proposes a trip to his particular universe. The expressiveness of his strokes and colors always allows us to glimpse something beyond the initial impression, a vibrant and luminous world that persuades and seduces the spectator. Through his work, in which he is not afraid to approach the big formats, the baby artist of disparate references giving life to an absolutely personal language.
In the activities of Saturday, November 17, Jesús presented an art workshop focused on the little ones. A large-scale work was painted, spread over the floor, in which the children lost the reference of form and drawing by their approach to the oversized image. The surprise came when, with distance, they realized that the result is not the composition they thought they were drawing. An experience that for them was curious and fun.
KUBUKA means to wake up, take a step forward, start living. Born from the thrust of a group of young people who decided to undertake a social project in Kenya and Zambia in 2013. Their mission is to create sustainable development focusing on entrepreneurship and education as a driver of change, supporting projects that are born and endure in time thanks to the effort and empowerment of the beneficiary community.
His work has consisted in identifying projects that can be maintained over time and are supported by local people or groups. In Spain, they hold awareness talks and look for collaborators among different entrepreneurs. They want to bring the world of cooperation to society through events and volunteering.
20% of the profits that were raised from the sale of Leonardo’s paintings will be specifically for Lisha Children’s Home, a shelter that the organization has in Kenya for children in orphanage.
ART U READY
ART U READY is a visibility platform for creators with a transversal and peripheral perspective. A node that connects creators, collectors and restless audiences with one goal: to build a line of thought between design, architecture and art. The platform opens unique spaces usually not accessible to the public in the center of Madrid to present contemporary authors from different disciplines, mostly emerging.
We are pleased to show you the exhibition of LEONARDO. Probably the youngest artist in this country with just five years old. We were very excited to host this exhibition in our greenhouse and collaborate with the dissemination platform for artists of which we are founders, ART U READY.