Leia Mihailova:-realist metaphysics that tells the soul, a great teacher beyond the Alps of the twentieth century, Balthus, explained how the light was an almost elusive, sacred in its essence mutant, yet so concrete as to give life to the space and time man lived, the reality and the dream. In the paintings of Leia Mihailova is found precisely this indecipherable voluptuousness tonal, so sensual and at the same time the bearer of unsettling mystery of dream premonitions.

Leia Mihailova is a fine painter, not only for his compositions always surprising and original, but also for the technique that recovers the ancient craft of painting with light. In the overlapping colors, the clarity dull glaze oil creates volumes without sudden detachment, but suffused with color breaths. As a detail, the chisel lace, fabrics of the clothes of the subjects the artist intervenes as valuable observer instead of the true, meticulous miniaturist who indulges on particular to tell a story in his paintings and finds himself, of charm, authentic beauty painting of the past, formally orchestrated composition, harmoniously balanced in tone and color.

The light, as we said before, it becomes essential even in of the glance . In the portraiture, Leia Mihailova wisely focuses the viewer's attention to the central point of the face, in the eyes of the increasingly vital subject that fascinates and amazes in its deep introspection. Looks that are questioning the existence, peering into our hearts with innocent purity, as in the case of children masterfully depicted in some of the last paintings, or with careful curiosity, as if to hold a dialogue silent and rich of mistery. To become artists must learn to spy light , always supported the French master, listen to his escape; his joints, his steps: Leia Mihailova succeeds in the difficult task of interpreting, through the chiaroscuro, the human condition of the subject, his expectation, surprise and suspended consideration of the moment of life, so ephemeral and elusive. Like the Flemish painters of the seventeenth century, the first of the modern realists. Leia Mihalová suggests to the viewer what lies beyond the formal appearances, leaving you free to imagine the events, emotions and sensations.

Even the wise reconstruction of the painting, often left in the shade behind the main subject, the artist intends to focus on close-ups almost cinematic, decontextualizing the protagonist, whose image can thus overcome the barriers of space-time which often, however, a painting plain descriptive lingers.Leia Mihailova is a realist-metaphysical, which melts with originality in itself opposing tendencies, one focused on the accuracy of the representation, the other on the dream and on overcoming the physical condition of man, bringing up the spirit, to that inspiration we call universal soul.


Critical text: Critical Art historian Dr. Guido Folco

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