Leonor Anthony (www.leonoranthony.com) is a Cuban artist, moved with her family to the United States when she was still child.
She defines herself as an artist by vocation: she could not live without art, “art is breath for me, I could not live without it.” With two Degrees in History of Arts and Psychology, and a PhD in Theology, she is a complete artist, but unconventional, having explored various aspects of human knowledge.
Responding to an interview by Urban Mirrors, it is clear that Leonor Anthony knows what she wants from her artistic work: deep knowledge of results, attention to what she expects to achieve and communicate, and as often happens art comes from a meditation session that lasts all night long, and that brings its results directly on the canvas in her studio. The music gets along with her as a friend while she’s painting.
Leonor Anthony follows the need of art as long as fatigue does not oblige her to stop, or until she gets the result, “during the night my mind begins to work and to deepen. I start painting in the morning, very early, when my mind is set fresh and relaxed, and I get dressed completely in black. Like a priest preparing for Mass, I prepare myself to work. I turn on the music, always the usual classic adage, and then I no longer exist for the world, I keep working with no rest and with no ears until I finish the job, or I feel the physical need to rest.”
The artist work is an ongoing venture, “My work has changed dramatically over the time, and continues its uninterrupted metamorphosis. I change, and my work changes as well. I’ll take more chances, more risks; I feel better if I make more mistakes, my work turns to a challenge.”
The challenge is also commitment, and Leonor Anthony explains: “I believe that my work is intellectual, and I always try to tell a story in my work, to move the viewer from an emotional point of view.”
There are no tricks or short cuts in her work, just a great dedication and desire to genuinely introduce herself to the world. Someone gave her an advice: “Always be true to yourself, stay who you are and who you have always been, regardless of the circumstances.”
An advice that surely Leonor Anthony keeps in mind in her works.
Article by Mariagrazia Roversi
English Translation by Piergiorgio Mancini