Mikael Leibovici

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"The paintings of Leibovici are to painting what the orchid is to flowers. Like orchids he draws its quintessence in the subtle airy and poetic elements of everyday life, nothing gives way to the conventional, pure poetry. To one who knows, the dream joins reality in what is essential to it, images for the soul, everything here expresses an extreme hidden sensitivity. "            - Francis Barlier

Michael Leibovici, magician of color
Painter of silence, Leibovici as a magician of light suspends time.
His palette has blondes, inflections of ochres that illuminate the parts left in the darkness. Characters immobilized for silent dialogues are the actors of a closed decor by arcades, or a terrace open to infinity. The particular work of the light allows Michaël Leibovici to make effects of transparency and opacity raise the mystery of a scene, at first sight banal.

This apparent lightness of being is the result of a mastered craft, at maturity, that allows Leibovici to play with a composition where the real fakes fiction. A pictorial dream, as appear these works of small dimensions. Forgotten decor of an Italian city or sketched landscape, the scene aspires the regard for secret imaginary exchanges.

                                                                                                                                                                                Lydia Harambourg

Michael LEIBOVICI was born in 1926 in Bucharest. He lives and works in Paris since.


Personal exhibitions

1969 Free Gallery, Montreal
1974 Inside Art Gallery, Antwerp
1976 Greef Gallery, Venice
1978 Il Canale Gallery, Venice
1979 Laaland Gallery, Saxkobing
1978-1981 BIMC-Galerie, Paris
1990 Klam Gallery, Paris - Galerie Solange Paul-Cavallier, Paris
1991 Galerie Irus and Vincent Hansma, Paris
1992 Anne Robin Gallery, Paris
1994 MJC Europe, Saint-Egrève
1994-1996 Galerie Irus and Vincent Hansma, Paris
1997 Zveiger Gallery, Lugano
1998 Francis Barlier Gallery, Paris
1999-2001 Visconti Gallery, Paris
2002 Black Gallery, Lausanne
2003 Visconti Gallery, Paris
Since 2004 Galerie Francis Barlier, Paris

Group Exhibitions

1974-1976 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
1976 International Art Exhibition, Basel
1980 Drawings Today, Grenoble
1987 Art Intercultura Gallery, Hamburg
1990 Regional Contomporain Art Center, Grenoble
1991 Galerie Solange Paul-Cavallier, Paris
1992 Salon of March, Paris
1993 Galerie Irus and Vincent Hansma, "Rencontres" Paris
1997 Am Tunnel Gallery, Luxembourg
1998 Francis Barlier Gallery, Paris

Acquisitions by the State

2003 Contemporary Print Fund,
National Library of France

His works in the gallery's collection. 

  • ML1
  • ML11
  • ML12
  • ML13
  • ML14
  • ML16
  • ML17
  • ML2
  • ML4
  • ML5
  • ML6
  • ML8
  • ML9

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