The works of Leonardo Silaghi comment on the current situation in Romania, which remains in a transitional phase, still fighting with the legacy of communism while grappling with the new capitalist system. His complex canvases usually depict industrial and visceral backgrounds that are interspersed with jubilant sweeps of colour. Inspired by strong narratives, grounded in the context of his own personal experience and history, Silaghi's vigorous brush strokes evoke the violent struggles of Romania's chequered past and adhere to a specific post-communist aesthetic of natural realism. Silaghi lives and works in New York.
Leonardo Silaghi (Cluj, Romania *1987) had solo shows at Laika Gallery in Cluj (RO), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill (USA), Marc Straus in NY and Galerie Kornfeld in Berlin (2012). Recently his works have been shown at "After the Fall" in the Knoxville Museum of Art (USA).