BIOGRAPHY


Name: Lorenzo Manuel Durán Silva
Birth: 1969, Cáceres, Spain.

I was raised in Düsseldorf (Germany) and Madrid (Spain), and I've been living in Guadalajara (Spain) since 2004. I studied Technical Drawing but worked in very different jobs afterwards, staying for a long time as a construction worker, dealing with what they call vertical or rope access work.

At age 36, I found out that I had left aside two of my true passions: art and nature. My awareness came one day, in 2005, when unemployment appeared in my path, providing me with lots of time to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and then I began living an existential metamorphosis which has turned me into a man who is increasingly aware of his inside, his shadow, and who attempts to communicate with all of that using his personal tools, in a creative field.

Once I took this path I decided to start by the classic Oil on canvas, from which I never entirely separate, but I would get a new inspiration later on (in the summer of 2006), a caterpillar eating a leaf would give me the idea of changing the canvases by plant leaves, and that opened a world of possibilities that I have been exploring since then.

Failing to find information about the "leaf cutting art" that I meant to do, I developed my own technique for doing it, which went through a long trial-and-error process until I found a good way of cutting my designs so that they could be framed and preserved for several years, as any other work of art.


Leaf Cutting & Selective Skeletonizing Art.

Exhibitions

 

2016-2017. Cut up/Cut out. Bedford Gallery, Wallnut Creek, CA. Group exhibition – USA

 

2016. Enough to Swear By. Morlan Gallery-Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. Group exhibition – USA

 

2016. IV Americas Latino Eco Festival. McNichols Civic Center, Denver, CO. Group exhibition – USA

 

2015. Only Unusual. ONLY ART CLUB Gallery, Hamburg. Group exhibition - Germany

 

2014-2015. Branching Out: Trees as Art. The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Group exhibition – USA

2014. Exile: A Living of Forest. ONCA Gallery, Brighton. Group exhibition – UK
 
2014. Butterflies. Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts. Group exhibition – USA
 
2014. The Skull Show. Bedford Gallery, California. Group exhibition – USA
 
2014. Dynamite Gallery, Brighton. Group exhibition – UK
 
2014. Soplo de Esperanza  / Breath of hope. Americas Latino Festival at University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO. Solo exhibition – USA
 
2013. Exposición de Otoño. La Demba Arte-Hotel & Restaurante, Abizanda, Huesca. Solo exhibition – Spain
 
2013. QR Art Lab, FESCIGU 2013. Auditorio Buero Vallejo, Guadalajara. Live demo and group exhibition – Spain 
 
2013. Art Berkhout. Berkhouter Kert. Group exhibition – Netherlands

2012-2013. Leaf. The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Solo exhibition – Israel

2012. Mono no aware. Bo Lee Gallery, Bath. Group exhibition – UK

2011.  Treebus, 2 International Ecoart Festival, Cuenca. Group Exhibition – Spain

 

 

Leaf Cutting & Oil Painting.

Public and private collections

 

2014. The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts – USA

2014. MacS, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia – Italy

 

2008. Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, MEAM – Spain

 

 

Leaf Cutting & Selective Skeletonizing Art.

Commissions (selection)

 

2015. Wardour Communications Ltd, front and back covers of “Arup Design Book” – UK


2014. Klein & Russo, campaign “Finanziamenti BNL green” for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro – Italy

2013. Americas Latino Eco-Festival, Denver/Boulder, Colorado – USA

2012. The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens – Israel

2011. Company Logo for YKS – Brazil

2011. Crown, Psychedelic Blues Rock band – USA

2011. Leonardo Parnes. Campaign against deforestation – Brazil

2010. DDB Shanghai. Environmental campaign – China

 

 

Leaf Cutting & Selective Skeletonizing Art.

Publications

2015. Arup Design Book. Published by Wardour Communications Ltd. Cover and back of the book – UK

 

2015. Smallest Leaf, A collection of poetry, by Lisa Toth Salinas. Cover of the book – USA

 

2015. Plant Kingdom. Book published by SendPoints Publishing Co.,Ltd – China

 

2014. Calendar 2015 for McLeod Russel. Published and designed by Mophysis Communications – India

 

2014. Big Art / Small Art. Book published by Thames and Hudson Ltd – UK

 

 

Oil Painting. 

Exhibitions and Competitions

 

2009. Figurativas '09. IV Concurso de Pintura y Escultura de la "Fundacion de les Arts i els Artistes", Madrid - Spain

2008. Figurativas '08. III Concurso de Pintura y Escultura de la "Fundacion de les Arts i els Artistes", Madrid.  Pre-selected and acquisition of work for the "Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, MEAM" (European Museum of Modern Art) - Spain
 
2007. Figurativas '07. II Concurso de Pintura y Escultura de la "Fundacion de les Arts i els Artistes", Madrid – Spain 

2006.  Concurso de Cartel “Cuenta Cuentos”, Guadalajara – Spain

2006.  IX Concurso Fermín Santos. Sigüenza, Guadalajara, Selected. Group Exhibition – Spain

 

1996.   Concurso de Comics. Tolosa, Guipúzcoa. Publication – Spain 

1980.   Concurso Pintura Callejera. Ayuntamiento de Tetuán, Madrid.  2nd prize – Spain 

1977.   Concurso Infantil Pintura Callejera. Düsseldorf. 1st prize – Germany


Awards

 

2016 - Nuestra Cultura Award (Nuestra Familia ALEF Awards). IV Americas Latino Eco Festival, Denver, CO. USA


Education

 

1989 - FP2 Delineación. IES Virgen de la Paloma. Madrid.