Leonardo Silaghi – Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin
Born 1987 in Satu Mare, Romania
Leonardo Silaghi's practice is characterised by large, complex canvases, usually depicting industrial and viscerally atmospheric backgrounds in which his characters innocently exist. Silaghi's works are inspired by a strongly narrative element grounded in the context of his own personal experience and history. By the vigorous sweeps of brushwork he uses, the works readily evoke the violent struggles of Romania's chequered past. His works are its specific post- communist aesthetics of natural realism, while the grey tones symbolize the essence of quotidian life and struggles to overcome the post-communist morass.