Favorite location: Atelier
"I prefer to paint in my studio at night, when the world outside is quiet and takes a break. I enjoy the feeling of boundless freedom, this magical moment. I turn on the right soundtrack, classical, soul, R'n'B, Electro - depending on the mood. Let's go! Only music, colors, thoughts - until the early hours of the morning.
Painting, painting, painting. That is my life. For me it is as existential as breathing. For me, art means freedom. My goal: artistically to overcome the limits of time."
Born in Kaiserslautern, Löwentraut, who has been painting since he was 7, lives and works near Düsseldorf.
University of Kaiserslautern
The Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences gave the Düsseldorf painter a teaching position in the Virtual Design course for the 2021/2022 winter semester. Topic: "Future Exhibition Design". The aim is to develop intelligent staging formats for the art sector.
In the course of the semester, the documentation of the genesis of a picture was created together with the students: Löwentraut's movements while painting were recorded via motion capture, highly sensitive microphones recorded the noises on the screen and EEG measurements made it "visible", how Löwentraut got into a "flow" or a "trance experience": The data collected in real time is made accessible in the exhibition by simulating a "flight" through the artwork, in which the image builds up like motion capture -Records of the movements of the painter during the creative act. You can hear the implementation of the brainwave measurements, the noise of brush and spatula on the canvas, the music that played while painting. Visitors can interact with the image, take it apart and put it back together again, if necessary not alone, but together with other visitors.
2021 Museum cycle "Leonismo" - Venice, Vienna, Munich
Löwentraut's "Leonismo" museum cycle started in the historic "Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana" in Venice - right on St. Mark's Square. Other museum stations of the picture show were the Kunstforum Wien and the Bavarian National Museum in Munich. The international touring exhibition was another milestone in the career of the artist, who was only 23 at the time.
The business magazine Forbes chose Leon Löwentraut among the "30 under 30" (the most important personalities under 30 years of age). Löwentraut was able to convince the Forbes jury not only with his powerful, expressive works, but also with his art actions: Global Goals, Global Gate, which artistically interpret the topic of “sustainability”, as well as with his light installation against Corona. Forbes recognized his approach to contributing to the betterment of society through his actions as an "Outstanding Achievement".
"Together for the Future"
At the end of January 2020, during a ceremonial act, Leon Löwentraut presented a specially created painting to the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. This painting “Together for the Future” is now an official part of the art collection of NRW and is decorating the foyer walls of the parliament together with paintings of Uecker, Immendorf and other celebrities. During the last two years, young artist Leon Löwentraut has already been recognized in large solo exhibitions, e.g. in the Osthaus Museum in Hagen, the Puschkin Museum in St. Petersburg, the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence as well as in numerous galleries like the Martin Asbæk Gallery in Copenhagen.
With support from the UNESCO and the YOU foundation, Leon Löwentraut created 17 unique paintings for the campaign “#Art4GlobalGoals”. These paintings will be used until 2030 by the world community and the UN for the proclamation and support of sustainable development goals. These 17 goals will help all people on our planet to live in dignity. Some of these goals are, e.g. the end of poverty, higher education for everybody, peace and justice. You can find more information here and here.
Löwentraut combines colors and shapes in a gestural wilderness. The activism, as expressed through action painting, plays an important role during the creativity process. Inspired by Picasso, Matisse and Basquiat, Löwentraut is searching for freedom in his paintings. Preferably, he is working on the floor: with total physical exertion almost like in rage – listening to loud music: rap, classic, soul!
Painter Leon Löwentraut has become one of the most sought-after artists of our time. His already-legendary success is first and foremost down to his paintings that are bursting with energy and color. They hit a nerve of our time.