Nierman, Leonardo

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Leonardo Nierman (born November 1, 1932), full name Leonardo Nierman Mendelejis, is a Mexican artist mostly known for his painting and sculpture. He at first wanted to be a violinist, but gave it up after twenty years when he compared a recording of his playing with that of Yehudi Menuhin. However, his musical training has been a major influence on his painting and sculpture, reproducing movement and harmony as Nierman sees similarities between the two disciplines.  Typed Letter Signed, 09/22/1982 -  5 1/2 x 8 signed in blk ink with a two-fold and a raise embossed of his name and adress in Mexico;  nice young age-toning seen overall, fine/very fine condition. 

*Note:  The Scriptorium Institute Autograph collection was purchased in part by us back in 1989.

Leonardo Nierman Mendelejis was born in Mexico City on November 1, 1932. He is the only child of Clara Mendelejis, a bakery worker and Chanel Nierman, a bus inspector who later started a small jacket factory.

He began his career painting when he convinced the dean of the business school where he was a student, to paint a mural at the department’s auditorium in 1956. To paint the mural, he made an appointment with David Alfaro Siqueiros to ask for advice, receiving such especially the mixing of colors. The mural was later destroyed when the wall was taken down. 

Nierman had been painting for a while when Raquel Tibol invited him to exhibit his work at the Centro de Deportes Israeli in Mexico City. He told himself that if he did not sell a single painting, he would quit. Two paintings were purchased and were then seen by the owner of IFA Gallery in Washington, DC. 

Since 1959, this gallery has exhibited Nierman’s work and opened doors for him internationally. 

Since then, he has had over 100 exhibitions in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. 

More recent exhibitions include the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila in 2000, the International Museum of Art & Science in Mcallen, Texas in 2009, the MACAY museum in Mérida in 2012, the Francisco Cossío Museum in San Luis Potosí in 2012, and the art gallery of the Complejo Cultural Universitario in the city of Puebla in 2012.

His work can be found in museums and public buildings in Australia, Austria, Colombia, Costa Rica, the United States, Spain, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Panama, Sweden and Thailand . 

These include the gallery of the Vatican, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, The Art Modern Gallery of New York and Phoenix Art Museum. 

His monumental works can be found in many of Mexico’s major cities and abroad.

In 1969 he painted a mural for the physics department at Princeton as well as designed the stained glass windows for Temple Beth Israel in Lomas de Chapultepec . 

His metal sculptures appear in places such as universities, concert halls, research centers, libraries, cultural centers, atriums and parks in countries such as Canada, the United States, Ecuador and Lithuania .These include the Flame of the Millennium which is at the Ohio Street interchange of the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago, Eternal Light at the Outpatiene Care Center of the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and Sensación de Vuelo at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport . 

His sculpture work has been made of marble, bronze, silver, gold, bronze and stainless steel, but it is usually silver-toned. 

These often contain elements such as birds, angels, archangels, winged victories, flames, and musical instruments. His metal sculptures evoke movement and harmony usually through the use of spirals.