Like many of the artists who now call Kandos home, Leo Cremonese has travelled a long way – both geographically and professionally in his career. Born in Brazil and raised in Sydney, Leo completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Art at NSW University’s College of Fine Arts before receiving a scholarship from the Tim Olsen Gallery to study traditional oil painting techniques with the artist Charlie Sheard.In 2014 Leo travelled regularly to PNG where he connected with a culture, not dissimilar to his homeland’s, which takes nature and the supernatural realm very seriously. This reconnection had a profound impact on his art-making and triggered his move to Kandos, where he now spends time exploring the region’s spiritually alive bushland experiencing energetic vibrations that he captures in his work.Leo was recently selected to exhibit in Western Plains Cultural Centre’s Home Grown Exhibition in 2020.
Leo’s daily art practice begins with long walks into bushland around Kandos. He uses this meditative time to find ways of shifting perception in order to immerse himself deeply into the natural environment. In the bush, Leo experiments by creating ephemeral installations that usually no-one (apart from the occasional kangaroo or wild goat) ever sees. Sometimes his works are quiet performances, based on rituals and energy.Leo believe this practice helps him shift away from the lineage of Western culture and get closer to the essence of existence through experiencing exhilarating and often enchanting waves of energy.Leo’s works offer a glimpse into a private world. Audiences are invited to immersively share some of the resonances he has unveiled and experience their own gentle sensory and emotional shift.