Artist: Leonardo Nierman
Title: Wings of Hope
Medium: Bronze Sculpture
Size: 8.5" x 19" x 10
Characterized by soft, organic forms, the sculptures of the Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman evoke movement and harmony. These delicate works often depict abstracted sublime representations of angelic figures and flames. The bronze sculpture Wings of Hope fits in with this life-long preoccupation. It is modeled after a sculpture Nierman created in 1982 for the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, which he described as his favorite work of art.
In 1978, the artist was approached by Artists in Israel to create a sculpture that reflects the greatness of the Medical Center. The artist agreed to donate his talent and even offered to look for donors to cover the cost of the materials. Ten-meter-high and weighing approximately three tons, this nickel-plated sculpture that occupies the small pond in front of the hospital represents a bird flying, touching the earth with one wing and pointing towards the sky with the other. Its surface reflects the sunrise in Jerusalem.
As the artist recalled, he did not choose the name for the sculpture, but he did like it. “Hope has been described as the dream of man,” the artist explained. “Those who cross the doors of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center enter with a hope that they will be cured within those walls.” Created in bronze, this small-scale version is an exact replica of this gorgeous sculpture that reflects the deepest human aspirations.
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About Leonardo Nierman
One of the leading contemporary artists in Mexico, Leonardo Nierman produced a large body of work delving into different media, from painting, over sculpture, to tapestry. His works are characterized with vibrant color and movement, as they inspire contemplations about nature, cosmos and spirituality.
A child of Eastern European immigrants who met in Mexico, Leonardo Nierman was born in Mexico City in 1932. Early on, he demonstrated strong affinities toward the arts, especially music, but also to physics and mathematics in which he attained a Bachelor's degree. Young artist first fantasized about becoming a famous musician, but this turned out to be only a dream. His degrees in color psychology and business administration aided his artistic propensity, but he never pursued any other career than the one in art.
According to the artist, once he relinquished music, he began to feel color and this fascination keep s following him throughout his life. Scientific background the artist has helped him develop theories of color and light, which he would then transfer onto the canvas. Strongest artistic influences we can see in Nierman’s art are definitely Kandinsky, Klee, and Miro, but there are traces of Cubism and Surrealism as well.
Leonardo Nierman’s style can be described as associative abstraction born from the modernist tradition, while his work is dominated by various interpretations of cosmic landscape. His art was always essentially connected to his love of music, especially the works of Bach, Debussy, Mahler and Stravinsky, and we can almost see the dynamics and rhythm of their compositions in Nireman’s brushstrokes.
Leonardo Nierman was awarded many times throughout his career and he is the proud recipient of the prestigious Palm d’Or des Beaux Arts, Monaco he won in 1969. Since the 1950s, he held over 100 exhibitions across Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. His works can be found in museum collections in 13 countries worldwide, including such institutions as The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City and MoMA in New York, among others.
Leonardo Nierman lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.