Leonardo Barrientos Leal, “ Esfinge “

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beautiful bronze sculpture by Leonardo Barrientos Leal, “ Esfinge “

bronze with a wooden base
Size 22 x 22 x 16 , weight 2.4 kg.

2021- unique piece

In Greek tradition, the sphinx has the head of a woman, the haunches of a lion, and the wings of a bird. She is mythicized as treacherous and merciless, and will kill and eat those who cannot answer her riddle. This deadly version of a sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus.
Unlike the Greek sphinx, which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx ). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent but having a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version. Both were thought of as guardians and often flank the entrances to temples.
In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a major revival during the Renaissance.
Sphinx depictions are generally associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples.

Leonardo Barrientos Leal
Emerging self-taught sculptor, born in 1981, in Mexico City.
Most of his works have been made of wood as the main support material, using simple themes and mechanisms that maintain a playful interaction with the work of art. His main artistic production is based on sculpture, but to a lesser extent, also on utilitarian objects, graphics and jewelry. His speeches are based on surrealist and figurative proposals, trying to simplify the observer's reading and interpretation of the works.
The last space where he held an exhibition was at the Artemis Gallery, in Polanco.
Currently, he is in the production of work experimenting with new materials and approaches, such as the abstract figurative, to again look for similar spaces and galleries, for exhibition.