SOURCE: World of Art Showcase
LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2012) - Fans of unique, revolutionary art forms and historical and pop culture icons attending the first annual World of Art Showcase (www.worldofartshowcase.com) at the Wynn Las Vegas December 20-22, 2012 will be instantly fascinated by the works of Jota Leal (http://jotaleal.com/), a Venezuelan-born and based painter who calls his dynamic renderings by a phrase as intriguing as his style: "Transformative Portraiture."
Represented by Morpheus Fine Art, his works include amazing portraits of everyone from Johnny Depp and Babe Ruth to The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, John Malkovich, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood and Al Pacino as "Scarface."
Leal's inimitable approach to the art of caricature results in a powerful synergy of remarkable painting skill and a probing sense of the subject's essence, often tweaked with a remarkable sense of humor. He works with pencil on paper, acrylic on board, and acrylic on canvas to achieve his imaginative images, painting the inner soul of his subjects and manifesting this as their outer persona. Long renowned as an interpreter of the subconscious, translating with his pencils and brushes, his amazing portraits -- which draw inspiration from icons of music, movies, literature, politics and history, the Wild West, sports and other areas -- are treasured by collectors as classics of their kind.
Leal, 36, was born in a small town in eastern Venezuela, where he began drawing and painting at a very young age -- though he never studied fine art. A colorful early anecdote explains how he found his ultimate niche: At age 6, he attempted to sit in an art class, but ran away after being forced to paint plastic fruit and empty bottles.
Slated to conduct a live demonstration at the event, Leal is looking forward to attending the World of Art Showcase because it is an opportunity to showcase his works for the collectors and patrons who attend, as well as a chance to meet and connect with many of his colleagues in the art world. "Aside from the moment the painting comes alive," he says, "there is nothing more rewarding for an artist than to share with people who 'get it.' That's the real joy of artistic expression and communication."