These paintings are inspired by the colonial art of Latin America but also have a contemporary political character and content.

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Ernesto Leon, “Reflections”, 2004, oil and gold leaf on wood

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The themes of these paintings are a sort of personal diary.  They are paintings I create as a result of reading the world’s news on the internet.  Before one can build something new, one must tear something down.  That is what I try to do here.

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Nevertheless, I am not much of a believer in the new corporate media, and my only possibility of self-expression is to express my non-conformity in terms of my own artistic tradition.  The paintings are not only a response to corporate media but also a reaction against those who lie to inform us.  My belief in diversity and justice guide my work.

Ernesto Leon